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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Entitlement

One of the most annoying expressions, in my view, is the following: I am entitled to ...... (eg, a house, a job, migration, service). Often, these people believe they have a right to something (or someone), and usually without having duties (eg, good behaviour, good intentions). In Putin's view, Russia is entitled to former Soviet republic territories, like Ukraine,...

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Collective vs individual behaviour

When we look at ants, we tend to see a colony and group behaviour. When we look at ourselves, we tend to see individual behaviour. Is this an example of macro versus micro? In the view of aliens (if any), we must look like ants, including collective behaviour. Why do we view ourselves as individuals? Although I live rather solitary, I'm still part of a local...

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Is asking the wrong question essential to learning?

I've been asking myself some questions lately. None of the answers seem right and/or relevant to me. I suppose I must be asking the wrong questions. People claim that asking the right question will give you the right answer (eg, source). This seems rather obvious. How to ask the right instead of the wrong question? It has been alleged though never substantiated that...

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Walk beside me and be my friend

Another fine saying (see my recent blog) is this one: "Don’t walk in front of me... I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend." It's usually attributed to Albert Camus (1913-1960), who had already died before this saying appeared in a local US newspaper. On 2 December 1971, Dr. William F. Knox, "Personal Counselor",...

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“The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war”

My title is a quote from a 1578 novel by John Lyly (c.1553-1606). He is not alone; others made the same observation, like Miguel de Cervantes in his novel Don Quixote (1605). The modern phrase, “All is fair in love and war”, appeared in Francis Edward Smedley’s novel Frank Fairleigh (1850). Why are ethics and morality less (or not) important in Love and in War?...

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The U.S. Is Learning to Win the Information War Against Putin (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: The U.S. Is Learning to Win the Information War Against PutinBloomberg subtitle: Biden’s willingness to publicly release sensitive intelligence on Russia and Ukraine is savvy, but not without risks.Opinion by: Hal BrandsDate: 22 February 2022 "Intelligence work happens in the shadows, but the Ukraine crisis is dragging it into the sunlight. One of...

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