Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith

On 8 February 2024, I finally finished reading this book. I bought that book early October 2023 and started reading immediately. It’s not the number of pages (ie, 945) that caused my immense delay. At times, I’ve almost cursed this book given its topic: an evil and sadistic cult. Most of the book is about that cult. On many days, I was only able to read a few pages....

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Is happiness and satisfaction an obstacle in life?

Recently, I finished (re-)watching the pilot episode of Ally McBeal, an "American legal comedy drama television series" that aired from 1997 until 2002. That episode finished with some thoughts of Ally that felt like an eye-opener to me. These were her exact words; see transcript: "ALLY: The real truth is, I probably don't want to be too happy or content. Because,...

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Why do we compare?

Each day, we compare, whether relevant or not. Some recent blog examples: Is stupidity worse than evil?? and Natural Stupidity vs Artificial Intelligence and inclusivity vs honesty. Without that Big Think article, I would not even have considered a comparison between evil and stupidity. Another example: the almost daily drownings of immigrants, aiming to cross the...

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The Grifters

Recently, I had an unpleasant experience in a restaurant. After finishing our desert, I suddenly heard a loud voice behind me saying: "No, it was disgusting!" Apparently, she had responded to the waiter's question: "Did you enjoy your desert?" She also pushed 3 empty desert plates in his hands. Actually, that desert had been excellent: fried (!) strawberries with...

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Feeling deserted

Recently, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant featured this column: More and more people are feeling deserted in a certain way. And actually we are indeed. I suppose columnist Danka Stuijver is right. One can feel deserted by many, like family, friends, colleagues, the government or society. Feeling deserted equals feeling a lack of love (max.) or attention (minimum) from...

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Why do we enjoy Schadenfreude?

On May 9, the Dutch entry for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest did not make the finals. Before, there was lots of gloating. Several languages have sayings, like Schadenfreude (German), “The misfortune of others tastes like honey” (Japan), joie maligne (French), or geen beter vermaak dan leedvermaak (Dutch). So, why do we experience pleasure at the misfortune of...

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