I've lots of experience in making compromises (eg, with myself, with others). Nevertheless, it never occurred to me that others are doing the very same. Actually, 1 compromise often exists of 3 compromises: yours, her/his, and the mutual compromise. However, your and her/his compromise will shift in time. Why do we compromise? First and foremost, intentions will...
2 Feb, 2022
Last week, someone complained about the many cheers following the announcement of Denmark to scrap all COVID-19 restrictions. I understand that complaint but don't sympathise with its micro view. Two years ago, people verbally attacked the ones who dared to argue that the macro view is not unlike a 2-year severe flu. To be clear, the micro and macro view are both...
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...
21 Jan, 2022
On 10 January 2022, the Spanish PM urged Europe to treat Covid-19 as a more endemic illness following the Omicron variant (eg, VOA, Bloomberg, NYT). In more simple words: "Just treat it like the flu" (Fortune). This news must have alerted the people with a micro and a macro perspective (my blogs on micro vs macro). People with a micro view will be confused as they...
17 Dec, 2021
I've mentioned doubt in various of my blogs (eg, Doubt-Fear-Hope-Love, self-doubt). Doubt seems so obvious that there appeared little to no need for explanation. I'm changing course. Please take a look at my current understanding of doubt: First and foremost, doubt is output or an effect of a certain cause, while (any) Change is input that may (eventually) cause...
3 Dec, 2021
My 2016 blog, Human Emotions (2) - a revisit, defined two primal emotions, being Love and Fear. All other emotions are derived from those two. My blog of 30 September 2020 defined two primal ways of human interaction: cooperation vs competition. The diagram below depicts how those 4 elements work together. Human couples show the most common example of cooperation...
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- Take care of your thoughts when you are alone
- “I Have to Admit, I Have a Very Low Opinion of Human Beings”
- “It’s a pity we can’t stay friends with everyone”
- Fiscal Policy Is Way to Deal With Divergence, ECB’s De Cos Says (Bloomberg)
- 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.”