This website definitely raises many questions around me. Some people don’t really understand why I persist on wanting to live off this digital initiative when I am a lawyer and a doctor in law. According to them, all of this is a waste of my intellectual capacities and a plain waste of time.
It’s funny because I see things in a radically different way (big surprise there, right?).
Let’s set things straight. I am delighted to be a lawyer. I adore law. I love the intellectual exercise and I have an infinite blast every time I practice. So infinite that I was able to lose myself in the buzz and feeling of control given by intellectual delight for years.
But that delight is only intellectual. And, in hindsight, it isn’t – in my opinion – very the most significant in one’s life. When I am on my deathbed, will I think back to my fiercely defended thesis, of my nomination as a partner or of the happiness I feel so often when I dive into my cases? I don’t think so. I don’t hope so. That would mean that the rest was apparently not that interesting.
That does not mean that letting go of the intellect is easy, because this sacrosanct domain is so overrated in our societies. It is so reassuring in its luminous rationality.
But life isn’t rational. Life isn’t a system of categories and boxes. Life is a merry mess in which everyone tries to do his or her best with the ressources they’ve got. Some of these resources are intellectual, yes, but mostly they are human. Even if you spend an infinite number of years perfecting your intellectual education, there is, unfortunately, no school of life which allows you to perfect your human skills and “wholeness”.
Letting go of the intellect to go towards life is scrumptious. Risky but scrumptious. And I certainly hope that the last thing I will bring with me to my deathbed will be my children’s smile (Joyful? Yes, joyful after all).
December 14, 2017
YSL smoking suit – Karl Lagerfeld shirt – Stella McCartney heels – Dior handbag