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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Collective stupidity vs individual wisdom

My latest blogs were about ideology versus reality. It occurred to me that this difference may provide a fundamental explanation for collective stupidity vs individual wisdom. Before, I assumed that pragmatism was the antidote for ideology. My latest insights are in my diagram below. Our ideology is represented by our beliefs and in particular the 7 Belief systems...

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Ideology vs reality

There's a Dutch saying that translates like the shore will stop the ship (ie, #16). There's no English equivalent. To some extent, it means that you can only push someone or things so far before they break (eg, source). I was reminded of this saying after reading that the GOP in Alabama ignores court rulings. My blog title has an implicit question: Is reality (eg,...

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How to deal with someone’s denial

"Overcoming denial often depends on the nature of the problem. People often come to terms with the reality of a situation on their own given time and support." (source). I suppose this answer is valid. Still, by not challenging someone's denial, it may/will feel like denying someone's denial. In my past, I would confront someone's denial. I used to believe that...

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Analysis: Xi reprimanded by elders at Beidaihe over direction of nation (Nikkei)

Nikkei Asia title: Analysis: Xi reprimanded by elders at Beidaihe over direction of nation Nikkei subtitle: G20 absence hints at turmoil in Chinese domestic politics By: KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writerDate: 5 September 2023 "There are signs of turmoil in Chinese domestic politics. On Monday, it was announced that President Xi Jinping will not attend an...

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Gaat de combi van GL+PvdA het CDA achterna?

In 1980 ontstond het CDA als fusiepartij van ARP, CHU en KVP met 49 zetels. Van 1986 tot 1989 kon Ruud Lubbers het CDA nog laten groeien tot 54 zetels. Daarna ging het bergafwaarts. In de huidige TK-2023 peilingen heeft het CDA nog maar 3 tot 6 zetels van die 54 zetels over. In juli 2023, na de val van Rutte-4, ontstond de combinatie van GroenLinks en PvdA met...

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Faith versus ideology

Recently, Pope Francis made an intriguing comment about faith versus ideology: “In other words, ideologies replace faith.” See National Review, 28 August 2023: Pope Francis Says ‘Reactionary’ U.S. Catholic Church Has Replaced Faith with ‘Ideology’. It's intriguing because any Religion = ideology. In my blogs, I separate faith from Religion. As I once said to someone...

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