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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Truth or dare?

Since several days, someone is provoking me to dare what she does: visiting a swingers' club. I told her that I'm not interested in a hedonistic lifestyle. It just doesn't match my character. Usually, my curiosity would win; not now. I prefer to be true to myself rather than entering her game of truth or dare? A few years ago, a new friend surprised me by asking me...

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Is modern life organised to prevent us from thinking?

My May 27 blog, Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, touched upon a topic that has been on my mind recently - and the mind of others (eg, NRC, The Times). These others focus on the How and What, while I focus on the Why. The quote below provides an interesting start for this topic: "Spend enough time trying to have ideas and you realise that modern life is...

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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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The final taboo

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...

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“Without love, life has no meaning”

A friend reacted to my Pushing boundaries blog and wrote the comment above. The word "love" is, however, a generic term and can refer to any type of love (eg, divine, friends, parental, romantic, the self). That it why the ancient Greek had various words for love (eg, agape, eros, philautia, philia, storge, xenia). Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that my friend...

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Trust arrives on foot and leaves on horseback

My title above is an English translation of a saying by Dutch statesman Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872): "Vertrouwen komt te voet en gaat te paard." His saying is valid on a micro or individual and on a macro or (inter-) national level. Trust can be restored though, albeit neither blind nor full. I suppose our doubt and our fear, for renewed betrayal of our...

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