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A blog by Leon Oudejans

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Get a grip on myself

I need to get a grip on myself. My emotions are taking over. Ratio is on the losing hand. For several days, I have been feeling empty. Also see my 2016 blog on palpable emptiness. An online friend said that I need a hug. She's more right than she may know. Hugs are missing in my life. Partly, this is of my own doing. It's difficult (for me) to combine a preference...

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Why is history not important to us?

Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), the Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin, once stated: "If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past." Our absence to do that, may explain a lot. I think, feel and believe (sic!) that history is not important to us because we do not believe in history. In general, we view that history is in...

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The risk of love is loss

The risk of love is loss

Some weeks ago, I added a blog topic in my notes: Love & Loss. I've been staring at that topic ever since and didn't know what to make of it. I knew its meaning was not to write about a love lost. It felt like the opposite. This week, I googled for Love & Loss and noticed this quote, which comes very close to what I was looking for as a meaning for the topic...

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The weakness in me

For the last couple of weeks, I've been worried whether my sadness was a weakness or a strength. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) had a clear view on this matter: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger” (Wiki). With hindsight, I agree. My moments of sadness feel like waves, slowly building, shortly peaking, and then slowly...

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Collateral beauty

Last Sunday, I watched the 2016 film Collateral Beauty. Essentially, it's about how losing someone - or something - may transform your life (eg, death, divorce, health, time). It's a beautiful movie despite its low IMDb rating of 6.8. Initially, the words "collateral beauty" felt misplaced. Its meaning sank in slowly. Like the movie actors, sorrow...

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After Life (2)

Quite frequently, I feel like Ricky Gervais' character in After Life (IMDb, yesterday's blog, Netflix). At times, I feel like the frog when a scorpion has stung me again. My melancholic side is easily triggered and then grief, sadness, sorrow and/or anger will erupt. My silent sorrow (my recent blog) is related to several losses, which usually makes it...

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