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This is going to be a somewhat odd book review because the book I am reviewing, isn’t actually available. At the time I am writing this, the book entitled “Humankind” by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman hasn’t been published in English yet. However, it’s already available in Dutch bearing the title “De meeste mensen deugen” which translates to “Most people are alright”. In the book, Bregman explores the question “what if we have been wrong about ourselves the entire time?”

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8 years ago today, December 15 of 2011, the world lost Christopher Hitchens. Although there are probably some people who didn’t mind to see him go, especially those in religious circles, I do miss him. Readers of my blog will know that I admire him, though not always agree with him. It saddens me that we will not see new works from his hand nor hear his sonorous voice dissect invalid arguments anymore.

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The last couple of months, I have been considering a lifestyle change. Part of that includes more exercise but also healthier living in general. Part of that is a change in diet and even adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. There are several reasons why being a vegetarian is appealing to me but also several reasons why it isn’t. In this post, I explore what those reasons are.

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In 1999 Baz Lurhman released a spoken word song with the title “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” The song is in the form of a fake commencement speech and is based on an essay by columnist Mary Schmich with the title “Advice, like youth, probably wasted on the young“. I’ve always liked this song for the various pieces of valuable advice offered in it, as well as the style. I think there comes a time in the life of every adult of a certain age when you feel the need to dispense some advice for life. So here’s mine.

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