The following is an almost verbatim copy of a paragraph from a great book, titled "So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish" by Douglas Adams, one of the finest writers in the English language, one who left us way too soon. The only thing I did was to replace "lizard(s)" by "billionaire(s)" ... “On … Continue reading About democracy, opportunity and privilege
In the absence of responsible politics and politicians, companies are coming more and more explicitly forward in their willingness to take up part of the role where the politicians show themselves to be absentee landlords. You can read pretty much any politics related article on this blog to understand how I feel about that lack … Continue reading The broader role of companies in our society
The same mistake as my neighbour Two days ago I was talking to one of my neighbours about learning to ride a horse. Both of us have been riding for a number of years, but neither of us started doing it as a child, contrary to our kids, who grew up riding horses. And during … Continue reading By force or by persuasion?
Even if you speak the same language Here is a lesson I only learned a little while ago … you don’t just need to be aware of the fact that people around you don’t necessarily think like you, you also need to adapt the way you express yourself to really connect with them and make … Continue reading Take your time to develop your thoughts in someone else’s words
Visiting Bokrijk Last Tuesday I relaxed at the Bokrijk Open Air Museum which remains one of my favourite places to spent a day or even just an afternoon with your kids. We had two nephews visiting who had not been to Bokrijk before. That was a great opportunity to load everyone in the car and … Continue reading What we have lost
Introduction The recent elections in Belgium and in Europe have clearly shown a strong divide within the European population which appears more and more to be an expression of a profound insecurity, even fear for the future, and a lack of trust in the current political class with the European voters. If we look at … Continue reading The missing middle – a socially conscious, green liberal platform
UPDATE: rewritten and adapted the title to integrate more properly some of the ideas of Prof. Dr. Peersman's study. Opening statement: as goes for all the articles on this blog, this article represents my personal views and only my views. It does not, in any way, represent a view of any of my former or … Continue reading Our merchants are still dying on Flanders Fields