Plouezec, FRANCE - Retiree (Plumber)
Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in August 2018
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a ranger, so I would be able stay in nature all day. It is a quiet job, quieter than what I did my whole life. We had a lot of pressure in my line of work. There were always more and more work, but we never got richer by working more. Maybe we got stupider but not richer. It was like that, it’s a society issue. We tell people to produce and produce more. The companies employ 1 person to work like 3 and 3 to work like if they were 5. I do not know how long it can last.
With whom would you like to have a coffee?
Nicolas Vannier, because he loves nature, he is simple. His expeditions, his films, they are wonderful. This guy is incredible.
If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?
At first, learn to read. And then, we should tell them about peace in the world, it’s important. And also teach them how to bring water everywhere, so they can live peacefully and appreciate life. It’s really not the case for everyone, which is why we should share wealth. We need to give more to those who have nothing. We have to help them and stop dictatorships and governments from keeping all the wealth for themselves while letting people starve to death. I do not understand why rich countries do not do what is necessary. They are often there to exploit countries. It is sad!
To you, what’s that main characteristic that all human being have in common?
Our hearts, I think. We all have one. Some people have a good heart, and some are greedy.
There is the greedy kind of people and others, the social type. That is why we have to get things in order, a lot has to be done but a simple citizen cannot do it alone.
To you, who is the happiest person on earth?
A healthy person with a family; someone who lives peacefully with his conscience. It is not easy, but we have to try. This is why we try to do something everyday. Do not hurt people, unless they try to hurt your family. If so, then you need to bring some order in the shop.
If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?
Considering the power he has, rather than to produce always more and more abominable weapons, I would distribute a bit of my wealth to other countries. I will try to give water. Water and peace. And I will also leave the world alone.
What do you need?
I need to meet again with some of my family members; to be healthy and peaceful. And I need to be happy with my children and grandchildren.
What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?
I will share it with my children. I will make an anonymous donation, a big one! But to something serious, I do not want my money to go into someone else’s pocket. And with the rest I will give myself a small treat, but a nice one.
I also know some people, if I had 1 million euro, I would be generous with them. For sure, because they need it but also because they deserve it.
Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?
Instead of using cars, I would like to fly but without polluting. I would want to be independent in regards to transportation while not being toxic for anyone. No noise and no pollution but a transportation that everyone can have access to.
Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?
In some aspects my life is easier but in others it’s more complicated. During my parent’s life, we didn’t have such a consuming society; we did not have all the commercials, like on TV, or in the newspapers. Personally, I call it extortion! They should let us live more quietly, but business is business... And we did not have all these sicknesses we currently have. About this, I think that some people take advantage of our health system. You cannot pull on the rope all the time. We are lucky to have a good system and maybe we should stop calling our doctor for the smallest issues. And we should eat healthier food.
If you had to create a company, what would it be?
It is not easy, but I think it will be in woodsman or something related with nature.
What are you afraid of?
I am afraid that someone hurt my people. It can happen, it already has, but I will not be soft!
What is your dream?
To begin I would say no more war. And no more pressure on people, at work, or in the media, so we could be quieter. Additionally, I would like people to eat and drink healthier, because we are destroying our planet. Our planet makes our lives possible and we don’t respect it, there is pollution everywhere. I also dream about peace, which is important. I would like to help more people I care about, and stay healthy.
Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?
I hope I am wrong but I think something will happen before 2100. Hopefully it is something good, but I don’t really think so. I tend to think a conflict somewhere. I will not be here anymore but sadly something will definitely happen. It won’t be pretty. I hope I’m wrong, I would rather see peace on earth!
What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?
My kids; there is nothing more beautiful, and my grandchildren now. Having a good time with my family and friends, go hunting with my son or some good friends, this is heaven!
If you had to write a book about the current world, what would you be the title?
What does religion mean to you?
I am an atheist, because I see what is happening here or in other places, it only creates war. I do not want any religion.
Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of?
Our gastronomy, good food!
If you could do any job regardless of money, what would you do?
Educate and advise the next generation. Share my life experiences with them, advise them on which mistakes to avoid and which stuff not to try.
If you had to explain our planet to an alien what would you say?
I will try to explain him that he needs to respect our planet because 6,5 billion people lives on it and because of it; he should not destroy it. I would say « my planet is beautiful, I do not know yours but I hope it is beautiful too.»
And you, which question would you like to ask to the world?
I would ask the world to stop wars everywhere. I would ask the richest people to help the poorest people of their countries. To provide them with what they need to be able to get a normal life in good conditions, with access to water, health, and education. And that people respect each other.