Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans
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“Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”

Recently, I heard these words in the Amazon Prime series Forever (S1E08, 40m50s): "Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice. But what if feeling nothing is the worst pain of all? What if the sharing of pain connects us to others and reminds us that none of us is alone as long as we can feel?" Note: URLs and italic markings in quote by me. I'm wondering...

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A few make a difference

Last Monday night, I was thinking how disappointing humans are as a species (eg, proxy World War III), while having my talk to God. A curious thought then entered my mind: "a few make a difference". After careful consideration, it could refer to anything (eg, animals, clouds, flowers, humans, insects, mountains, trees). A Google search revealed many quotes about...

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Making compromises

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...

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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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The 7 elements that define the type of relationship

Last Friday, I had an epiphany. In my 2015 blog, I wrote about the 4 ingredients that constitute a relationship. My 2016 blog added another 3. My 2021 blog was a summary. These 7 ingredients define many (or all) types of relationships: communication, forgiveness, intimacy, respect, togetherness, trust and vulnerability. Any type of relationship starts - and ends -...

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“Why do you trust me?”

Recently, a new old friend suddenly asked me: "Why do you trust me?" I did not have an immediate answer and made a note of her question. Our history indeed justifies that her question to me is appropriate and valid. Perhaps, I should neither trust her, nor the Russian president. Hence, why do we trust people? My initial consideration was: do I have an alternative?...

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