Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans

From nationalism to imperialism

At the recent UN General Assembly, several countries accused the Russian president of imperialism (eg, 2022 invasion of Ukraine). It has been a long way for Russia: from imperialism to communism to nationalism and back to imperialism. I presume Putin will be proud of...

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Ageing means Nothing Really Matters

In 2019, my then-neighbour was sorry to hear about my imminent relocation. At her age (then 98), all her friends and relatives had already passed away. As a helpful neighbour, I provided some sense of security. A year before, she had expressed her regrets for...

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Balancing competition and cooperation (3)

The 1978 term "winter of discontent" is popular once again, for various reasons (eg, 2021 global energy crisis, 2022 food crises, 2021-2022 global supply chain crisis). Citizens blame their governments (eg, DutchNews). The EU blames the national governments for acting...

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Dare to be different

For many years, I noticed this expression (above) on the wall of an antique shop, while heading for Zandvoort, a Dutch beach town. Daring to be different is, however, against human nature. Most of us strive for (social) conformity because a group offers (dis-)...

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Russian Options (GPF)

Geopolitical Futures title: Russian Options By: George Friedman Date: 20 September 2022 "Last week, I discussed the nature of tactical nuclear weapons. They are built for tactical effect, not strategic effect. Strategic nuclear weapons, such as the ones...

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What if you solve a what-if question?

Last week, I solved a 'what-if' question (eg, my 2016 blog). I have mixed feelings about its answer. I should be glad but I'm not. Now, I know that I escaped a bad and costly decision. My subconscious "knew" the reasons for not pursuing it. My conscious ignored it....

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The new Flapper generation

Recently, I read a new word: the new (2020s) Flapper generation (eg, Big Think). In the 1920s, "Flappers were a subculture of young Western women [] who wore short skirts [], bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered...

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Permission or forgiveness; not both

Recently, a friend proposed a move in our online game. I advised against it as I feared revenge or retaliation. My friend said (s)he would ask for permission. That permission was denied. Much to my surprise, my friend made that move anyway. Now, (s)he is seeking for...

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Inspiration

Each day, I find / get / have new inspiration for writing these blogs. After all these years, it's hard to answer these basic questions: What is inspiration? Why do we get it? Where does it come from? How do we get it? Who gets inspiration and who doesn't? Most of...

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