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Michel Lacroix: the head in the stars, but the feet on the ground

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To those who are torn between their ideal visions and the constraints of the real world, the philosopher Michel Lacroix promises, in To have a ideal, is it reasonable? , that it is possible to live reconciled. A message that makes you want to try.

Isabelle Taubes

Psychologies: Why do you stay idealistic?

Michel Lacroix : I think nothing great can be done without ideal. It allows an intensity of life, action, impossible without him. This way of anchoring in the world while having my head elsewhere, in the world of thought, is, in my opinion, what makes man's greatness and freedom.

If we are able to maintain this double vision of what exists, without turning away from reality - the great problem of traditional idealism - or sinking into short-sighted materialism, we will have a wonderful instrument to enjoy reality and change it gradually, according to our ideal.

So you agree with our survey: you have to be idealistic to live well?

Yes, provided you remain vigilant, not to idealize idealism. If, for example, I become obsessed with performance and mastery - always being attacking, master of my emotions, young, attractive, muscular, being a perfect parent with perfect children - I will inevitably enter a process malaise, depreciation of myself.

I must also get rid of ideas of total commitment and sacrifice, advocated by fanatic ideals. With Nazism, fascism, Stalinism, the twentieth century revealed their perverse and destructive effects. Contrary to what one claims, the last century is not characterized by its materialism, its overinvestment of the economic, but by the excitement of idealism. This is the century when idealism has gone mad.

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