56 Excellent Ways to Radically Improve Your Life

Fresh off the press.

It has been a challenging two years. Some people have been busy with their nose to the grindstone and have barely noticed any hint of a crisis. But others have felt the effects quite drastically and it has become crystal clear how not only artists and musicians are ‘on the short end of the stick’ — an unequal outcome that results in a disadvantage or burden. No one talks about it here, after all we are in Switzerland. Finances have always been a taboo topic of discussion. In the post-corona era, voices on health and post-jab issues have gone sadly silent.

According to Dr. Mattias Desmet, a Belgian clinical psychologist and professor in clinical psychology at Ghent University, “The only effective strategy for oppositional voices is non-violent resistance which is based on the power of speech.” Desmet has lectured extensively on his theory of ‘mass formation’ — what he considers to be a dangerous, collective type of hypnosis — as we bear witness to loneliness, free-floating anxiety and fear which is giving way to censorship, loss of privacy and surrendered freedoms. It is driven by a singular, focused crisis narrative that forbids dissident views and relies on destructive groupthink.

Offering a bit of inspiration and perhaps a light at the end of the long tunnel in which we currently find ourselves, this little booklet contains 56 ways to radically improve your life. With clear-headed ideas on personal regeneration, communication and networking, these take-it-or-leave-it suggestions are broken down into themes such as common sense, health and nutrition, integrity, strength, privacy and independence. It is indeed a non-violent form of resistance, based on the power of the written word.

56 Excellent Ways to Radically Improve Your Life. Karo Verlag, 2022. 105 x 148 mm, 12 pp., English. Available at our table at the ‘I Never Read, Art Book Fair’, during Art Basel, 15–18 June 2022, at the Kaserne Basel.