Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Arrogance vs ignorance

Where indifference is bliss, solutions are near

In his 1742/1768 poem, Thomas Gray wrote two famous last lines: “[..] where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise”. The old English word "folly" means foolish; bliss is "a state of complete happiness or joy". My blog’s title is a paraphrase of those two lines. Small human problems often arise from misunderstandings and/or wrong assumptions. Both can be solved...

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Vaccine mandates are mobilising the opposition

It's probably safe to argue that Donald Trump lost his re-election due to his failed handling of Covid-19. I believe he would have been re-elected if he had - at least - taken Covid-19 serious. It's probably also safe to argue that Joe Biden's vaccine mandates are mobilising the Republican opposition (eg, AP). AP, 2 November 2021: "A closely contested race for...

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Obedience to authority: respect vs Power

"Bosses have power over their workers, parents have power over their children, and, more generally, we can say that those in authority have power over their subordinates. In short, power refers to the process of social influence itself—those who have power are those who are most able to influence others." (a quote from Obedience, Power, and Leadership). Power needs...

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Zero Covid policy

Introduction LO: I'm not fond of opinions, including the one below, which feels like a personal attack. Nevertheless, any zero-virus policy is indeed arrogant and ignorant and doomed to fail. Viruses are neither alive nor dead, at least following human definitions (ie, Nature's Tree of Life). Moreover, their origin is still unknown. The more you prevent viruses to...

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Idiocracy (5)

Monday last week, I noticed an article in the Dutch Telegraph: Experts want more clarity about corona policy asap - you cannot continue forever with harmful measures. I had assumed that the economy would have won from healthcare by now. I was wrong. Various - if not many - governments are starting to double down on their harmful measures. My diagram below...

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We would like to know the future but will decline when offered

We often talk about our future as if we're not even part of it. In that view, our future is abstract, absolute, and opaque. In reality, our overall future can - most likely - be predicted with a fair degree of certainty. Moreover, our future is relative as each of our (eg, daily) choices has an impact on our own future. Indeed, our life gets more complex when we add...

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