Recently, a friend said that (s)he wished (s)he was dead. Several years ago, someone expressed a similar wish; see my 2015 blog The road to recovery from a burn-out and depression. At my weakest moments, I have a similar feeling. Then, I remember my promise to my friend who died in 2016, and "soldier on". The 2015 blog mentioned above, refers to my 2013 burnout and...
8 Apr, 2022
I'm not good in forgetting (eg, bad events). I forgive easily but not everyone. For decades, I did not love myself (eg, failed marriage). My introspection, following my 2013 burnout and subsequent depression, allowed me to achieve philautia or self-love. Narcissism is an extreme form of self-love and/but without any doubt. Writing the aforementioned paragraph made...
6 Apr, 2022
A few weeks ago, I had a conversation about how destructive Hope can be when you love someone or even something. Hope will keep generating new expectations. These new expectations may result in new disappointments. That cycle is destructive for your wellbeing. Hence, the dark side of Hope. My latest diagram (left) illustrates the above. This perspective is new to...
5 Apr, 2022
A month ago, I had an epiphany. I suddenly realized that negativity = not forgetting + not forgiving + not loving (yourself). My blog title is the opposite, for obvious reasons. Positivity = forget + forgive + love (yourself). Quite quickly, it struck me that there is - again - an overlap with my concept of Love, Knowledge & Power, as well as the (ancient)...
31 Jan, 2022
Last week, while discussing corona protests, I made a sudden remark: Anger knows no morality, or in Dutch: "Woede kent geen moraliteit". I made a note of that remark as I sensed a blog topic. Subsequently, I wondered whether the Dark side has its own version of morality. I suppose these are called vices. Late 2012, I experienced my first-ever blind rage due to an...
31 Dec, 2021
There has been a draft diagram in my Notes for many months. It felt appropriate to wrap up this year by drafting a 2021 Framework of my various concepts. The diagram below includes nearly all concepts of myself and of others (ie, Faith-Hope-Love, Sumerian, Zoroastrianism). This is the result. My 2021 Conceptual Framework started with the 7 Belief systems (ie, 2015...
- What is the “Great Replacement” right-wing conspiracy theory? (the Economist)
- Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is (FT)
- “I just don’t care anymore.”
- “Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”
- Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum
- The final taboo
- “Without love, life has no meaning”
- How the Ukraine War May End (GPF)
- Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine (Bloomberg)
- Pushing boundaries