About Comfort

We’ve all heard that the way humans consume materials and make use of the environment in pursuit of comfort is a problem. This is clearly the case: our western form of comfort is an impossible burden that the rest of the world must bare at a great cost in terms of health, human rights, ecosystem destruction and much more. Usually, this message is followed by the suggestion that we need to give up some of our luxuries and live a more responsible albeit less comfortable life. While we don’t dispute the magnitude of the problem, we are uncomfortable with this line of reasoning. First of all — comfort is not one singular universal state we all wish to achieve in a similar manner. (Specific forms of comfort emerge from specific ways of thinking, feeling and acting and these emerge from habits and relations to the materials, entities and forces around us).

As such, comfort is part of the way we approach, intra-act and make use of things in the world. Thus for us to confront comfort is to revolutionize our ideas of comfort, not simply to balance our comfort with the comfort of others. We need to change our mind set, our world view, our habits, and our material systems. It is clear that the way we perceive the problems of comfort, sustainability and responsibility is, in fact, be part of the problem. We need to develop new ways of thinking and acting that allow for new forms of comfort to emerge at the level of species, ecosystems, politics and material systems.