Sjoelbak van het leven

The Shuffleboard of life

I have to achknowledge that the Corona crisis also has positive aspects. For some time now, the shuffleboard has been permanently on the kitchen table. The shuffleboard as your life, and you firing the discs as intentions at your goals.


Living will

The document that I had my civil-law notary draw up meets all legal conditions and requirements. Unfortunately, it’s a weak reflection of what I really want. I may say that treatments without perspective and resuscitation are not desired. As a person in need of care in the gray area between normally healthy and near-death I can tell what I still see as meaningful. But what I really want is euthanasia as soon as I ask, and that’s practically impossible. As such, my living will is a concession to a society with desired legislation that has not yet arrived.

I'm bright in my Crystal Globe

The sacred “must”

And yet there is that voice, deep inside.
That little voice that says that I actually “should” do something with my life, my free time. That I should use my knowledge and experience for society, as a volunteer, in the neighborhood or if necessary as an independent entrepreneurial coach.

The Misunderstanding About Science

Technology will not be able to avoid its responsibility in the changes of the coming period. The technician and the technologist will more often be confronted with questions of conscience about costs, practicality and influence on the planet and the quality of our living environment, and will have to communicate more consciously and transparently about this.

The decline of the USA

What happens now in the USA of course has an impact on the rest of the world, but my suspicion is that the end of the power era of the USA has now been set in motion. The domestic consequences of poverty, riots and revolution and slow corporate collapse will cause the people to suffer the most. America will probably fare in the same way as so many other countries where a revolution took place, and that is by no means a nice idea.


The Corona pandemic and #UnhealthEconomics

Fortunately, the Corona pandemic exposes a number of aspects of the #UnhealthEconomics phenomenon. The emphasis now seems to be shifting more towards prevention and health, while regular (non-corona-related) care is viewed differently. The future will show in which direction this development will continue.


Introduction to SARS-CoV-2

I hear little background, and it seems as if everyone is expected to have the correct technical-scientific basic knowledge. But that’s not true. Most people follow the government because they don’t know any better. A large group is frustrated because of all limitations, others don’t believe in it, and still others don’t understand the sometimes very contradictory measures.

Turning points

The life of this bird is quite simple, as actually with all animals. Daily activities consist of eating and drinking, sleeping, reproducing themselves and making sure that dangers are avoided. That is hard work, but in the meantime they find time to be curious, to discover new possibilities and to anticipate changes in the environment. Of course there are also acts of violence and predators that you have to watch out for. And there isn’t always enough food for everyone. But life has a natural cadence, without too much complexity. Most people actually want that too, longing for peace and a well-organized life. It’s just that they rarely get that. And mainly because as species they do that to themselves.

About lightness and darkness

Joseph had been a gifted painter. In his own style he captured scenes, tranquil moments in which time slows down a little and a hidden message is revealed. Usually a moderately positive image, and rarely dark and cold. Yet the play of light and dark was in all his work, just like in his thinking and way of life. Prosperity and setbacks alternate, and both have their use, just like rain and sunshine. If things go well you should harvest, and if things go wrong, it is time to take some distance and rethink.

Among people

You remember what we always said to each other: how people think about something, what they say to others about it, and what they ultimately do, often are three very different ones. You may call them hypocrites, or liars, but in the end it’s only about what they do, how they convert things and how they treat us. Anything else doesn’t really count, even if you feel challenged, or treated unfairly.