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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Hurt and Pain

Judging people

Tuesday last week, several people commented on my draft blog on Parenting. One of them included a nasty judgement about me without even knowing me. We live 2,000+ kilometers away. She claims she is my friend and even her brother. To me, her comment felt as betrayal of our (online) friendship. Her comment didn't hurt me though because you can only hurt someone with...

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Subscription services in Automotive

Last week, BMW announced a subscription service for heated car seatings (eg, Ars Technica, BBC, the Verge, WSJ). This development would allow for: (i) lower production cost (ie, standardization), (ii) an artificially lower manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), and (iii) increase of post-sale "rental" revenue. This innovative idea sounds too good to be true....

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Quitting dating is like quitting smoking

I hesitate writing this. I prefer not to give up on Hope. Dating at my age is becoming increasingly discouraging and sometimes outright depressing. I'm not alone in my view. Several people already said the same to me. Some stopped entirely. Last Sunday, someone used my fishing in troubled waters analogy. That analogy captures various aspects like demographics,...

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Why suffering is good (by Paul Bloom)

Big Think / The Well title: Why suffering is good By: Paul Bloom, a Canadian American psychologist (Wiki)Date 21 June 2022 "What are you proudest of in life? When you reflect on all you have done, what things stand out as the most celebrated, the most important — the most meaningful? The chances are that what comes to mind are those things that...

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“It’s a pity we can’t stay friends with everyone”

Some time ago, a friend made this Dutch comment: “En spijtig genoeg lukt het niet met iedereen om vrienden te blijven.” My title above is the English translation. She and I are still friends, although no longer lovers. Our friendship has always been stronger than our relationship. She is like the sister I never had. Generally, I tend to disagree with my friend’s...

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“Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”

Recently, I heard these words in the Amazon Prime series Forever (S1E08, 40m50s): "Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice. But what if feeling nothing is the worst pain of all? What if the sharing of pain connects us to others and reminds us that none of us is alone as long as we can feel?" Note: URLs and italic markings in quote by me. I'm wondering...

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