ReadNUS Issue 32

AUG 2021 | ISSUE 32
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“Minimalism is a tool to eliminate life’s excess, focus on the essentials, and find happiness, fulfilment and freedom.” – These words were spoken by Joshua Fields Millburn, one of the co-founder of The Minimalists, reminding us the reasons why minimalism is a powerful means for us to lead meaningful lives. Apart from its effects on our lives, minimalism as a trend allows us as individuals to play a part in reducing our consumption, and play a role in environmental action.

This week, we explore the ways in which consumers can reduce their consumption and explore sustainable ways of living in our modern society.

This Week’s Reads:
Sustainable Living & Minimalism

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This book deconstructs the assumption that consumption, stimulation, and constant motion comprise the good life. The author promotes sustainability as an operational principle and life-sustaining value. The principles of “Pay Attention, Stay Put, Exercise Patience, and Practice Prudence” will help ground us spiritually, heal us internally, and deepen our relationships.

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Offering a unique reflection on the ethics and politics of sustainability, this book goes beyond the standard approaches to virtue ethics in philosophy and the current debates about happiness in economics and psychology. It diagnoses the reasons why the ancient concept of virtue is still relevant today.

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Narratives of lifestyle minimalism are paradoxical in that they resist yet promote capitalist cultures of growth. Lifestyle minimalism contextualises ‘excess,’ ‘clutter’ and ‘a world of too much’ as intrinsic to capital accumulation. The article concludes on the potential of an eco-movement of minimalist hedonism with the eco-political agenda of de-growth.

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This book explores new ways of gaining insights into daily practices and discusses developing and testing design methods to create sustainable solutions for households. These new methods and tools are novel and useful to researchers and designers with an interest in the transition to sustainable lifestyles.
Literary Journal
We publish original articles written by our team that cover a range of topics from the trendiest authors to books, reading news and more! Simply put, Lirra’s Literary Journal is your go-to publication for all things reading.

Ancient Stories Retold

Find out more about the distinctive voice of Barack Obama that enraptured Haris – In our Literary Journal this week, Haris reviews A Promised Land, the first of a two-part series aimed at delivering an honest reflection of the first Black presidency in US history. He writes:

“It is a memoir that tries its best to deliver everything we want to know about Obama, from his personal life growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia, to his views on the universal social, economic and political issues that affect the youth.” To read more, head over to our website now!

BehindTheBook

We’re inviting you to write for our new academic year – As we begin the new semester, we’d like to seek YOUR article contributions for Lirra’s Literary Journal in the months of August to December! Simply submit a 600 to 1200 word article to readnusprogrammes@gmail.com and stand a chance to have your article featured! For the full info (including article guidelines) about our open call, head over to our website.

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