Last Monday, my local friend had another suggestion: fidelity (eg, principles, wife). I asked if he meant loyalty. He acknowledged but stated that the scope is up to me. My initial reply to him was that dogs are loyal while humans are not (eg, Quora). My reply expressed cynicism following my personal experiences. A few months ago, I mentioned loyalty in my blog: The...
23 Jun, 2022
The Hague is the Dutch seat of power while Amsterdam is its capitol. The further you move away from The Hague, the more dialect you will hear. First quantity, then intensity. I suppose geographical distance from Power increases the need for Identity. Dialects must be the earliest example of Identity vs Power. Last Thursday evening, I did not understand a local...
21 Jun, 2022
Since several days, someone is provoking me to dare what she does: visiting a swingers' club. I told her that I'm not interested in a hedonistic lifestyle. It just doesn't match my character. Usually, my curiosity would win; not now. I prefer to be true to myself rather than entering her game of truth or dare? A few years ago, a new friend surprised me by asking me...
18 Jun, 2022
Introduction LO: Simon Kuper is a great writer and he proves it again, below. This must-read article should make you think (again) about the various European and the American position(s) in this war between Russia and Ukraine. Yesterday, the EU announced its backing of the EU candidate status of Ukraine (and Moldova ! ). Its “assessment [is] based on the...
15 Jun, 2022
Another fine saying (see my recent blog) is this one: "Don’t walk in front of me... I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend." It's usually attributed to Albert Camus (1913-1960), who had already died before this saying appeared in a local US newspaper. On 2 December 1971, Dr. William F. Knox, "Personal Counselor",...
10 Jun, 2022
Last Monday, I watched a French film on Netflix (eg, IMDb). After 1 hour and 9 minutes, someone says: "This woman needs me. Her children need me. And I want to be needed." Note: markings in quote by LO. I paused the movie and made a note. I wondered: is this what life is all about? There is a difference between being needed, wanted or believed in. I have a friend,...
- Does having choice suggest free will?
- Loyalty, fidelity and principles
- The reverse currency wars have begun (Axios Macro)
- Fact check: did universal health care prevent corona deaths?
- Why do we have labour shortages?
- Identity vs Power: dialects
- Art vs Science
- Truth or dare?
- Collective vs individual behaviour