Wisdom for the Way

As many others - I live my life in exploration and growth. In order to remind myself of the key principles upon which I want to guide my journey, I found a need to store my gathered ideas in a body of knowledge. As with all things, it's even more worthy to share it with others. I hope sincerely that somewhere along these texts, you will find something that will change your life for the better, as it has for mine.

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Do we – as human beings – have free will or is the concept a mirage constructed by the mind? Why would you even ask the question? Allow me to write some words on one of my favorite topics of philosophy.

Many people categorize me as an extremely frugal person; Fortunately I am Dutch, so it is expected of me to be cheap and it does not bother me. Money is a valuable commodity. It is even more valuable when you understand the time value of money, or opportunity cost.

In my quest for rationalism, I always attempt to guard myself against logical errors that arise from noise in perception. Whenever a problem presents itself, one first needs to know the facts, as complete as possible and as unbiased as humanly possible.

When reading about wealth, a variety of numbers get thrown around about when a person can be called rich. It is usually quantified by the amount of money you own. There are some issues I have with this method of quantifying wealth.

Ants are a marvelous species; They are tiny and often go unnoticed, yet their empires span across the world and their population outnumbers the human population by a factor of 1 to 1.000.000. They practice architecture, agriculture, husbandry, military tactics and achieve projects which humans can only dream of. These are some of the lessons I have compiled for myself for use in personal matters, business or art.