In the toolbox of policymakers, war is one among many. When deemed appropriate by the powers that be, war can be chosen as a means of enacting policy – no more or less legitimate than any other – albeit, crucially, not to replace, but to complement other tools of policy. When the Prussian military GeneralContinue reading “War is a mere continuation of politics with other means”
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Who are you in another life?
In the book The Midnight Library, the main character explores alternative versions of her life, new realities only possible had she made different choices and pursued other paths. Isn’t it an interesting concept? Who would you be if you decided on a different major, partner, hobby, or city? How different would your life be ifContinue reading “Who are you in another life?”
I am thinking about meat
Last weekend, Markus and I visited the Hessenpark, a magical open-air museum that provides a glimpse into traditional village life in Hesse. It was like a Harry Potter world, if only it was set in rural Germany. Almost 100 Fachwerkhäuser on display, plus furniture, tools, shops, crafts, and all the toys imaginable to impress andContinue reading “I am thinking about meat”
Getting vaccinated… again
Last week, I had my first jab of Biontech, which is great, except I have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac before leaving The Philippines. But as the politics of Covid-19 vaccines goes, I am legally unvaccinated here, since Germany, like most European countries, does not recognize the China-made vaccine. Some physicians and majority of theContinue reading “Getting vaccinated… again”
Have you ever died in your dreams?
I often wonder why we dream. Is it our subconscious? Memories? Repressions? What about desires? Do we dream only as a side effect of the electric impulses in our brains? It is altogether a fascinating subject. Markus has read a book on why we sleep, but why do we dream? It gets more interesting whenContinue reading “Have you ever died in your dreams?”
How are you going with your New Year’s resolutions?
Resolutions are not really my thing but reading all of your New Year’s resolutions in the beginning of the year made me think of what I wanted to do more of this 2021: to read more and eat more fruit. Compared to my lofty aspirations the year before, which included have a property to potentiallyContinue reading “How are you going with your New Year’s resolutions?”
Tell me I am wrong
In a recent post on handling arguments, Ed mentioned that nobody likes being told they are wrong. I thought it was an interesting perspective because I do not mind others pointing out my mistakes. In fact, I welcome it, if not actively seek it. The input helps me improve whatever it is I am tryingContinue reading “Tell me I am wrong”
On putting in the work.
You’ve gotta put in the work. We’ve all heard that phrase one time or another. You want nice things? Put in the work. You want a good life? Put in the work. You want things to change? Well, you guessed it – put in the work. Rarely have I seen a phrase so deeply misunderstood.Continue reading “On putting in the work.”
How to not win arguments
Markus is the most intelligent person I know, if not the most considerate. With the grace of a calm sea, he can listen to anyone’s argument, restate all the points better than you did, and explain all the concepts you missed while reassuring you that he understands why you thought that way to begin with. Oh,Continue reading “How to not win arguments”
So we missed our first blog anniversary
This sums up how much we care about special days. Thanks to WP for reminding us late on 24 March that our blog has turned 1! Following are our thoughts on what the past year has been like for us and thanks to all of you who has been with us this first year. WeContinue reading “So we missed our first blog anniversary”