“Think about the present, remember the past, and consider the future”

Politicians in our times feed their clichés to television, where even those who wish to disagree repeat them. Television purports to challenge political language by conveying images, but the succession from one frame to another can hinder a sense of resolution. Everything happens fast, but nothing actually happens. Each story on televised news is ”breaking” until it is displaced by… Read more →

How Germany fell for Nazi ideology

World War II, and specifically, Nazi Germany, has been a fascination of mine since I was young enough to read. The main attraction has always been the question of how an apparent civilized and developed people could be led to commit such horrors. What eventually led to the rationalizations necessary to completely disregard human dignity and commit atrocities? And how… Read more →

“Into That Darkness”

The first book I read this year was Gitta Sereny’s ‘Into That Darkness’ which tells the tale of Franz Stangl, one of only 4 men who commanded Nazi Extermination camps, Sobibor and Treblinka in his case. Gitta Sereny conducted a series of interviews with him while he was incarcerated in a Dusseldorf prison in 1971. She suffuses her narrative with… Read more →

Remember… and do not forget

About nine years ago, I picked up a copy of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ while visiting the United States. For over twenty years I have been fascinated by the Second World War, and have read about and studied that period extensively, focusing mainly on Nazi Germany. My maternal grandparents lived through that period in the Netherlands and experienced German occupation… Read more →

“The Fine Art of Baloney Detection”

One of the more (if not most) known part of Carl Sagan’s book ‘The Demon-Haunted World’ is undoubtedly his so called ‘Baloney Detection Kit’. The entire book is great, and well worth the read, but this part stood out to me, as it offers some real practical tools. What’s in the kit? Tools for skeptical thinking. What skeptical thinking boils… Read more →

‘Live a Good Life’

The following quote is found all over the internet: “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are… Read more →