Reduction Quotes

Quotes tagged as "reduction" (showing 1-8 of 8)
Gloria Ng
“A photograph of a disposable diaper floating in the arctic miles away from human habitat fueled my daily determination to save at least one disposable diaper from being used and created. One cloth diaper after another, days accumulated into years and now our next child is using the cloth diapers we bought for our firstborn.”
Gloria Ng, Cloth Diapering Made Easy

William Barrett
“What emerges from these separate strands of (modern) history is an image of man himself that bears a new, stark, more nearly naked, and more questionable aspect. The contraction of man's horizons amounts to a denudation, a stripping down, of this being who has now to confront himself at the center of all his horizons. The labor of modern culture, whenever it has been authentic, has been a labor of denudation. A return to the sources; "to the things themselves," as Husserl puts it; toward a new truthfulness, the casting away of ready-made presuppositions and empty forms - these are some of the slogans under which this phase in history has presented itself. Naturally enough, much of this stripping down must appear as the work of destruction, as revolutionary or even "negative": a being who has become thoroughly questionable to himself must also find questionable his relation to the total past which in a sense he represents.”
William Barrett, Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy

“Reduction is the least observed of the three R’s of environmentalism (‘reduce, reuse, recycle’) but it’s probably the most important. Reuse and recycling are sensible measures in an over-productive society, but why not neutralise the problem of overproduction at the source? Instead of choosing to act efficiently at the end of a product’s life cycle by reusing or recycling it, we should stop said product from being made in the first place by eliminating consumer demand for it. If the rainforests must be burned and the oceans poisoned to cater for the essentials of human life, then so be it and we’ll call it an inevitable pity; but for that to happen in the name of games consoles, cell phones and chocolate fountains is a wanton and avoidable shame.”
Robert Wringham, Escape Everything!: Escape from work. Escape from consumerism. Escape from despair.

Jen Hatmaker
“I approach this project in the spirit of a fast: an intentional reduction, a deliberate abstinence to summon God's movement in my life. A fast creates margin for God to move.”
Jen Hatmaker, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Steven Magee
“At the same time that a massive deployment of biologically harmful radio frequency (RF) radiation devices across the mass population has occurred, we see the reduction of health care for the poor, sick and elderly.”
Steven Magee

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“To label myself is similar to thinking that I can come up with a single phrase to explain the universe.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Jen Hatmaker
“If i bought something that didn't warrant more than three wearings, I did not need it.”
Jen Hatmaker, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Graham Harman
“To treat an object primarily as part of a network is to assume it can be reduced to that set of qualities and relations that it manifests in this particular network.”
Graham Harman, Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures