When things no longer make sense

Back in the beginning of the 80’s, someone pegged me as a ‘utopian anarchist.’ (I was holding office for the Dutch Social Democrats, and the remark was intended to point out that my beliefs were a bit too far off in left field.) There was a lot of truth to…

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The Loss of Innocence

We learn the story as children: how Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of knowledge and became afraid. They lost the Garden, where all life was perfect, and there was no pain in the world. A stronger metaphor for the loss of innocence in our lives can hardly be…

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Denial

Last week, the untimely death of a friend shattered my peace of mind. Not because it was unexpected; on the contrary, for some time she had known her days were numbered. She had accepted the fact that her death was inevitable with grace and dignity and had made the most…

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