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Entitlement

One of the most annoying expressions, in my view, is the following: I am entitled to ...... (eg, a house, a job, migration, service). Often, these people believe they have a right to something (or someone), and usually without having duties (eg, good behaviour, good intentions). In Putin's view, Russia is entitled to former Soviet republic territories, like Ukraine,...

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Walk beside me and be my friend

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",...

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Leaving a trail

One of the finest sayings is: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. It's a slight adaptation from a 1905 poem by author Muriel Strode (1875-1964). Often, it's wrongly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), who left no (audit) trail of this quote. Most of us leave a family trail by having children. Some of...

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Criticism

There's a new US debate whether Republicans are accountable or responsible for the Great Replacement "theory" (see my recent blog). Democrats and/or liberals were eager to blame the Republican party. The conservatives and/or Republicans were eager to deny that criticism. This pattern seems universal. Why do liberals typically blame others (and each other)? Why do...

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“Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”

Recently, I heard these words in the Amazon Prime series Forever (S1E08, 40m50s): "Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice. But what if feeling nothing is the worst pain of all? What if the sharing of pain connects us to others and reminds us that none of us is alone as long as we can feel?" Note: URLs and italic markings in quote by me. I'm wondering...

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Pushing boundaries

Last Sunday, a local friend joined me at my table at his restaurant. He had a blog topic for me: pushing boundaries. He was not talking about the recently popular term of transgressive behaviour (in Dutch: grensoverschrijdend gedrag). More specifically, he wondered why I'm not pushing my boundaries. Children are always pushing their boundaries with respect to...

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