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Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum

My Thursday night was restless due to the upcoming full moon of 16 May. My mind kept wondering about zero-sum outcomes within the Love, Knowledge & Power domains of the 7 Belief systems. The Power domain always has a zero-sum outcome: one man's loss is another man's gain. How about the other two? The Love domain has various outcomes. For some, there is synergy...

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“Without love, life has no meaning”

A friend reacted to my Pushing boundaries blog and wrote the comment above. The word "love" is, however, a generic term and can refer to any type of love (eg, divine, friends, parental, romantic, the self). That it why the ancient Greek had various words for love (eg, agape, eros, philautia, philia, storge, xenia). Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that my friend...

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Pushing boundaries

Last Sunday, a local friend joined me at my table at his restaurant. He had a blog topic for me: pushing boundaries. He was not talking about the recently popular term of transgressive behaviour (in Dutch: grensoverschrijdend gedrag). More specifically, he wondered why I'm not pushing my boundaries. Children are always pushing their boundaries with respect to...

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Positivity = forget + forgive + love (yourself)

A month ago, I had an epiphany. I suddenly realized that negativity = not forgetting + not forgiving + not loving (yourself). My blog title is the opposite, for obvious reasons. Positivity = forget + forgive + love (yourself). Quite quickly, it struck me that there is - again - an overlap with my concept of Love, Knowledge & Power, as well as the (ancient)...

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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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We need a common enemy to unite us

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU has suddenly adopted high speed decision-making and even without much fuss from its 27 members. Some are surprised about these changes. I'm not. I suppose, Condoleezza Rice (b.1954) was right when she once stated: "We need a common enemy to unite us." Quite often, leaders create imaginary enemies to get what they need,...

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