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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Growth: what goes up must come down

Growth refers to many different topics: body, brain, business, cancer, climate, economy, ethics, inflation, politics, population, and the Universe. We use many different adjectives to describe growth, like: absolute, actual, historical, marginal, projected, relative. A decline is even negative growth. Source: Our World in Data The population diagram for 1750-2100...

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Is stupidity worse than evil??

Recently, I noticed a Big Think newsletter on the theory of stupidity by German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). In his view, stupidity is worse than evil. Ironically, it was Nazi evil that took his life on 9 April 1945. Hence, I wonder if he would have changed his view - if he could. “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may...

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Moral decline may be an illusion (Axios)

Axios Science title: Moral decline may be an illusion By: Alison Snyder Date: 9 June 2023 "People around the world say kindness, respect, and honesty are declining but that may be a cognitive illusion, researchers reported this week. Why it matters: People's beliefs guide policy and how resources are allocated. Driving the news: Survey data from 60...

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Different countries, different customs

Each time when I read criticism about faraway countries (eg, Uganda) then I think of the saying above. Have we forgotten it? Are we ignoring it? Or have we become too arrogant to consider that saying? I suppose it's the latter. Still, we condemn such countries when they judge us (eg, China, Russia). Early June 2023, China's new defence minister made an interesting...

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What to do when there’s no solution or alternative?

I have a dilemma and don't really know what to do besides my acceptance of a certain decision. The how of that decision is the center of my dilemma. I fail to see a solution - or an alternative - for that how. I'm afraid that the how will cause hurt and pain and possibly even regret and/or remorse. Strictly speaking, the model of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004)...

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Has morality become a benchmark for others?

Ethics and morality used to be a benchmark for evaluating our own deeds, words and intentions (eg, good-bad, right-wrong). Today, other people insist on evaluating what we say or do. We could call them prudes (Dutch: fatsoensrakker), the righteous (Dutch: moraalridder), or woke (Dutch: deugen). Hence, my blog title: is morality now a benchmark for judging others...

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