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Ageing means Nothing Really Matters

In 2019, my then-neighbour was sorry to hear about my imminent relocation. At her age (then 98), all her friends and relatives had already passed away. As a helpful neighbour, I provided some sense of security. A year before, she had expressed her regrets for outliving everyone. A few days ago, my mother suddenly said that she had never expected to reach 88 next...

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Inspiration

Each day, I find / get / have new inspiration for writing these blogs. After all these years, it's hard to answer these basic questions: What is inspiration? Why do we get it? Where does it come from? How do we get it? Who gets inspiration and who doesn't? Most of all, inspiration is a mystery. Like others (eg, FD), I have my views. These views of mine are similar...

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A human mass extinction??

Several (opinion) articles are warning us for a human extinction. That would indeed be bad for us as a species but our planet will - no doubt - survive a human mass extinction (eg. Haaretz, 3 May 2022). Usually, I ignore such fear-based articles. Sometimes, its stupidity is mind boggling. The article below is a hybrid of knowledge and opinion, which appears to be...

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The 7 pillars of Wisdom

The diagram in my August 4 blog received a comment from Frans de Waal, a Dutch primatologist: "I think I have known nonhuman primates with great wisdom." My initial reply to him was: "If Wisdom is the absence of (human) beliefs then you have a point." Then it hit me: what is Wisdom? My answer qualifies as a negative definition, similar to my March 2022 blog: What is...

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Parenting

Many weeks ago, I noticed an article about raising children that upset me. I deleted it. Recently, I had a conversation with a future mother. Fortunately, ignorance is bliss because future parents might reconsider once they know all. As the saying goes: little children little problems, big children big problems. I tried finding the article again. Instead, I noticed...

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Is ‘false knowledge’ an oxymoron?

Recently, a friend sent me a quote by George Bernard Shaw (see image below). That quote puzzled me. Something felt wrong. Then I realized it's an oxymoron: "a figure of speech that juxtaposes concepts with opposing meanings within a word or phrase that creates an ostensible self-contradiction." source Snopes and Quote Investigator both confirm that George Bernard...

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