The Everything and the Nothing

What makes things vibrate? It is common knowledge that every particle has its own frequency and that everything “vibrates”. It is not so strange then to consider why human beings like music and why they consider it one of the most complex manifestations of the human spirit. Music IS vibration itself. So it seems that while we make music, we feel more “in tune” with the rest of existence. We “vibrate” along… The quizzical mind will then ask: “What happens with all these individual particles vibrating? What makes  them keep vibrating altogether?” Perhaps I look at this from a slightly…

The fragile nature of complexity

In the last decades we have relied heavily on manufacturers to come up with practical solution to what we need. What we need today has not changed a bit from what we needed fifty years ago. We still need food and safety, the feeling of belonging and usefulness, and we still need to be accepted, recognized and esteemed. Instead, the thing that has changed is the complexity and the form of the means we use to satisfy our needs. But this increase in complexity has had an interesting effect: it also caused an increase in the number of (let’s call…

On the road, with a purpose

All this going up and down to Amsterdam makes me spend at least four and a half hours a day on the road and in trains. And this, although being unbelievably annoying for my system, is worth doing as long as the time spent travelling is used for something positive. It doesn’t matter that I’m tired at the end of the day, but as long as I get to think or do something positive while going to places, it’s worth it. It might be as insignificant as a nap of 15 minutes, or a positive thought. It might also be…

Accidental Coordination

The other day my friend Ellen said something that might seem like an impossibility or even an oxymoron: “I was accidentally coordinating…”. However, this is actually a wonderful reality of existence: accidental coordination is in fact what our whole life is about. In this chaotic series of accidents and coincidences, all that stands still like a pillar of truth is an unconscious coordination.

My home is in my shoes

I was recently having a conversation with Gerard and Fulco about traveling, when Gerard made a very true statement: “My home is in my shoes.” At least true for some of us… I wonder what makes people travel around in search of something else, something new, something that satisfies their curiosity. Because I am one of those people. I can feel at home wherever I go, no matter how far or strange the place is. The place does not matter much. It’s just like a temporary state of equilibrium, driven by the constant adaptation and reevaluation between people and their…

A poem

If I should be a poem I would dedicate my verse To the imponderability of nothingness. I would search to praise it For giving the chance for “something” to exist. Something is not Everything, Jut like Nothing is not Everything; Where the boundary lies, I cannot say; But maybe they are meant to coexist, Blended within each other, Like Water and Air, Like Love and Hate, Like Silence and Noise. If I should be a bird I’d flip my wings just because I’d have them, Just so I could move into a state Of perpetual grace and freedom, To give…

That internal body clock has a dry sense of humor

Why is it that some people will do anything to get another hour of sleep after 7 or 8 AM, while others can’t stand waking up late? I have fine examples of specimens from both categories. For me, the difference between night sleep and morning sleep is like the difference between strawberries grown in the green house and grandma’s strawberries from the garden behind the house. The latter is so sweet that you just lose your senses into bliss, dozing off and not minding that you might even get a nightmare (or “daymare”?) or two in the process. And oh,…

The Bugs Bunny revelation

I finally realized what made Bugs such a special character among the other feisty chaps like Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck or the Road Runner. He had a certain nonchalance about him, which also could have been translated to “wackiness”. It was like a force of nature unraveled over the other poor characters, not keeping any side but constantly shifting positions for a better treat of merriment and distraction. He possessed both the joyful and the cynical side to make him an improbable, one-of-a-kind character. So I finally put together the pieces and concluded, in the same merry tone of Bugs’…

Statistics and the brain midgets

A good friend of mine (Paul Nistor), recently engaged me in a discussion about Statistics and bravely stated that “Statistics is known to cause an exponential growth to the number of midgets on your brain”. This, of course, coming after his long years spent dealing more or less directly with this work field. You might wonder what the “midgets” are though… Well, everybody sees these “brain midgets” in a different way. Some say they’re the result of repetition and habit in judgment, which causes the well-known “prejudice”; although this is a sort of intellectual, unique prejudice that makes people act…

Too busy to be lazy

A friend and colleague at the Arnhem Business School (Jeshita Passat) was outraged by the amount of work she had to do last semester. The work seemed to never end and there was never time to relax. Then one of the tutors asked if during the spring break we will hang the usual student activities and just be lazy for a while. In response, she came up with the concept “too busy to be lazy”. Which is absolutely true and applicable to all those who are responsible for what they consciously get themselves into. But then there are still people…