Sunday, July 24, 2016

Proud

The weather was hot. Sometimes tropical. On the last day rain - a lot - for two hours. 


Step. Step. Step. Hour after hour. Fighting with the demons of laziness, pain, sleep and goal-keeping. And then - step, step, step - a few more steps and one more International Four Days Marches Nijmegen is finished.  It was my 6th and last one. I am very proud on my medal. Did you know that this medal represents the distance between The Netherlands and Italy by foot?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Teus Beijos Nunca Mais

Golden trout. Golden years.



When I remember our anos dourados ... teus beijos nunca mais.

P.S. I'll be offline next 6 weeks: summer holiday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beyond

I am checking out the "music" from Roland Kuit that NASA sends to space, for eternity, with the Osiris-Rex mission to Bennu:

Warning, it's music beyond musical notes!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Witzigen Weisen

This is the book that was the stepping-stone for me to study philosophy. To be exact, it was three particular sections on page 65 and 66.


I took this book off the shelf out of curiosity - at the age of 17 I guess - while walking to the history and geography section in the library. I noticed this book before and was somehow attracted to the word 'garden' (Dutch 'tuin'). By accident - was it an accident? - I took this book with me to Austria (skiing holiday). On one of the first days I read this book early in the morning. I was flabbergasted. Before this book 'philosophy' was for me: stupid, anything but common sense, detached from reality and irrelevant quibbles.

The book opened for me the door to ancient Greek philosophy. Thoughts, words and images before the Bible. How I longed for that! Next to that it seemed that philosophy was a clear and tangible world. Something that everyone could learn. Just like a special kind of history. Tempting!




P.S. J.H. Leopold, 'Uit Den Tuin Van Epicurus' (1976). Reissue based on 2nd print 1920. Page 65 and 66 is part of the commentary from Peter van Eeten.
P.P.S. The 'witty wise man' (German 'witzigen Weisen) is Epicurus (4th century BC). 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fencing

The haywain. 


The world that turns around and around. And around. And around. Never to stop. For some it's up. For some down. Others enjoy, suffer, experience rewinding or rough years. Others see only a clear and blue sky. Question: is there next to physical 'law of conservation of energy'  also a law that says that total of emotion on planet Earth remains constant?

For the Christians life is a two-way-street: it's either good or bad. In the end the individual goes either to heaven or to hell. Nothing in between. 

What can we know? What should we do? What may we hope? Who is man? Those are the 4 basic questions of humanity according to a wise man. (Who? That's a Chinese garden.)

Kapuscinski: "And so the three possibilities I have mentioned have always stood before man whenever he has encountered an Other: he could choose war, he could fence himself in behind a wall, or he could start up a dialogue."

Back to basics? On a individual level it's fencing ones-selves behind a wall. Two steps ahead of everyone is that possible around the haywain? Or should we shift to another image? If yes, what image?

P.S. The haywain is the image in the central panel of the triptych 'The Haywain' (around 1516) from H. Bosch.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Have a Beer on Me

What can we learn from fighter pilots for everyday life?
1. Train like you fight
2. Don’t be both out of airspeed and ideas
3. Keep your knots up
4. Keep your scan going
5. Lost sight, lost fight
6. You can only tie the record for low flight
7. There’s no kill like a guns kill
8. Don’t turn back into a fight you’ve already won
9. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take


10. A letter of reprimand is better than no mail at all
11. If you know you’re about to die, make your last transmission a good one

My favorite is #9. Just shoot! Nothing wrong with getting some bruises (#10).

Source: Ward Carroli

Friday, April 29, 2016

Delights

I love triptych. Mostly a painting that has two sides with a message: front closed and front opened. Sometimes the backside has a painting too (better: three). In the Middle Ages  the front was closed most of the time - I guess - because it was their way of getting the fellow Christians eager and willing for the beauty of the mystery. 


A couple of times a week, a month the triptych was opened with all it's colours and light. A very strong visual message of how to behave. Be good and you will go to paradise. Be bad and you will go to hell. 


Panels closed ... for me it's the Christian way of a Chinese garden. Seduce them to the mystery.

Panels open ... for me the christians are too black and white. The image of paradise and hell in afterlife is a wrong metaphor. Simply because there is no such thing. It's our 'homo sapiens' projection of evil to the Devil and Others. The painful truth is, we are "evil" here and now. Not the Others but you, me and all other individual 'homo sapiens'. We are sweet and sour. And if we deny our sour we ... 

P.S. The presented triptych 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' is from Hieronymus Bosch (around 1450-1516).

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Full of Senses

For the ancient Egyptians to see their God(s), every now and then, with their own eyes in a procession standing on a litter, that's life. To see! Next to that they used all their other senses too, to experience and have direct contact with their God(s) here and now. To see ... and not to read a holy book.

Are we human beings not too biased when it comes to senses getting data for perception? We "common sense" people all are familiar with Aristotle's (4th century B.C.) list of five: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. But ... there is more. Better: there is more and next to that there could be even more. Never get frozen!