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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Complexity vs simplicity

Drivers of Change: a 2022 update

Several of my blogs have mentioned the drivers of Change, which govern everything around us. Late April 2018, I published my initial blog Drivers of Change, which included a rather complex diagram. I suppose I was still arranging my thoughts. Today, I present a much simpler diagram. Perhaps, the single most important item in my diagram is the Blueprint of our...

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There have already been several people arguing that restricting access to (foreign state) propaganda is against the (individual) right of free speech. I trust you will see the inherent contradiction(s). Nevertheless, let's assume, for the purpose of this blog, that these people actually believe in what they're arguing. The above is an example of the paradox of...

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Why smart people use irrelevant justifications

Russia has invaded Ukraine. All over the world, (alleged) smart people are presenting additional facts to make you change your mind about this war. I'm not even talking about false facts. I'm talking about irrelevant facts that add complexity to an issue that is ultimately simple: Russia is the aggressor. Russia uses an interesting though irrelevant argument for...

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Risk management 101

Self-interest is our leading motivator in life. We all strive for advantages. Nevertheless, we always consider our risks (ie, risk management) prior to making a move. Some of us have a high risk appetite while others are risk averse. It's rare making a move with limited upside and a huge downside. Yet Russia does. Why? Possibly, the Ukraine crisis is a distraction...

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Why is our tolerance waning?

Compared to the previous century, in which I grew up, I notice that our intolerance towards 'others' is (still) increasing. Our intolerance relates to (the freedom of) (i) speech, (ii) worship (ie, religion), (iii) sexuality (eg, LGBT, non-binary) and (iv) making own choices (eg, unvaccinated). Why?? The common denominator above is identity. We dislike others being,...

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Whenever other arguments fail, morality is being abused

Late January 2022, the Financial Times featured this article: 'Latvia slams Germany’s ‘immoral’ relationship with Russia and China'. This FT article is an example of my thesis that whenever other arguments fail, morality is being abused. Morality is the last resort of all arguments because morality sticks. Why is morality so important to us? In simple terms,...

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