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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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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 being called an imperialist. The countries accusing Russia of imperialism know what they are talking...

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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 all, inspiration is a mystery. Like others (eg, FD), I have my views. These views of mine are similar...

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Why are people lying?

Last Saturday's blog, Men and women both lie in dating profiles, but not about the same things (Big Think), resulted in a private message. She was curious why people are lying in their dating profile because the truth will come out during the first date. I had had a similar thought but had ignored it. This topic was more difficult than I anticipated given the (very)...

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Principles vs Rules

Our societies have (very) many rules. Not knowing these rules (ie, ignorance) is not a legal excuse in court. This legal principle is called ignorantia juris non excusat. Many rules are not monitored for adherence or compliance. Only in case of (legal) disputes, non-adherence or non-compliance becomes important. Rules can never be watertight. Hence, guilty people...

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The rich get richer, the poor get poorer

Regardless of our differences in political ideology, the above title appears to be true. But why? On 24 March 2021, I already noticed this quote in Axios Markets: "One part of it is if you start with a pool of wealth you have something to accumulate wealth upon. If you start without one [then] you don’t." This quote combines two aspects; input (ie, "starting with a...

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Definitions: positive, negative, unknown

Our definitions are often positive because we know the how, what, when, where, who and why. Some of our definitions are negative: peace is the absence of war. Sometimes, we do not agree; then our definitions are not universal. Example: what is love? The ancient Greek used at least 6 different words. I suppose a main reason for negative or unknown definitions is our...

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