The abstract and minimalist finds itself under attack from people who think it lacks detail and the intellect of its inventor to make something more complex out of it. Complexity, one might think, is the peak of human achievement, baroque therefore is worth so much more than cubism. The opposite, however, is true. Picasso used to […]Read more "In defense of the abstract"
The glass is there. Right in front of me. The ice cube that I just dropped in my drink is already slowly melting, fusing itself with the amber liquid inside. Swirling my drink in my hand now, it all becomes so clear: the minute you touch something, it cannot be pure anymore. Everything is exposed […]Read more "The danger of preservation (Amber Liquid)"
Pledging allegiance to anything other than the human race is a bad idea. Here’s why: By accepting something preexisting as the truth and claiming it to fit one’s own thinking can only mean one thing – precluding oneself from developing one’s own thoughts. We live in an age where categorisation is our primary occupation. Everything […]Read more "On emancipating the mind"
It is exam time in France. Students should not think of anything but revising their notes from the past semester. Yet, it is hard to concentrate in Paris right now. The past days have shown the presence of hatred rooted so deep in certain people’s minds that it must make one pause to reflect upon […]Read more "After a couple of days of horror in France, here is to values we forgot!"
NOTE: First published in 2012 After the murder of Caesar in 44 B.C., romans all too eagerly let Octavian take over in nearly all fields of government. He cleverly first conducted successful military operations all over the empire, then, to the astonishment of every Roman, declared he would retire. The Romans, weary of the Republic […]Read more "A modest proposal (Does Democracy still exist?)"
NOTE: First published in 2012 There is a recent trend to mix morals and law again. I say again because this used to be the norm and it has been a tedious process to finally separate the two. Going back to putting morals into the law would be a regression of the most horrible kind. […]Read more "Keep morals out of the law!"
NOTE: First published in 2012 If I had to describe myself and my views, I’d probably start like this: It’s complex and I really don’t know myself. I guess I’d say I’m somewhat of a liberal agnostic driven by the catholic teachings of charity and “love thy neighbor”. A lot of people have the problem […]Read more "An introduction to my views"