Monthly Archives: June 2015

In the spirit of (De-)planning life

One of my teachers once told me not to plan. Upon my questioning look he re-confirmed it and said: “Don’t plan.” He did not mean don’t organise, but simply don’t plan. At the time I thought I had understood his meaning and maybe intellectually I did. After all, who invites two dear friends months in advance for dinner on a Friday evening on June 12, 2015 and plans that they would help shovel umpteen buckets of water out of a flooded cellar? I mean the first part of the sentence is something everybody plans a million times all the time. But the second part? -Forget it. However, this is exactly what finally happened: a dinner combined with shovelling water – in the opposite order.

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In the spirit of de-corrupting (human) systems

The other day they showed “Independence day” on T.V. It is one of those movies that clearly show who the good guys are – the human race, ehem – and who the bad guys are – the out of space-aliens. Naturally, in the beginning of the movie, the humans get hit as the aliens seem indestructible due to an impenetrable protective shield they possess. And of course the intelligence of the aliens is way above that of the human race. But still, in the end the human race survives. Hooray.

However, little surprising as the end of this blockbuster is (after all, who wants to walk out of the movie theatre feeling miserable?), it has a great message in it. And this brings me to the topic of this blog: corruption.

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In the spirit of congruence

The other day I expected an acquaintance for a late-afternoon tea. As I suspected that this acquaintance wanted some advice or some information from me I asked a friend what she thought and how much information, if at all, I should convey.

The answer my friend sent by e-mail was short and to the point. Without actually telling me what to say she simply advised me in a one-liner sentence to be congruent.

I looked at the sentence and thought: “Okay. This sounds right, but what precisely does “congruent” mean in this context?

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