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1. To Whom It May Concern

"We all want to imagine ourselves as open-minded, but our minds are not open; they are deeply conditioned, and most of us remain largely unaware, and some of us entirely unaware of that conditioning. Like a fish that having been born in water never even notices water, we humans, swimming in a sea of beliefs about who and what we are, never even notice those beliefs, much less submit them to full examination."

Robert Saltzman

This book consists of a collection of memories, observations, musings, intuitions, common sense reasoning, anecdotes from my own experience, and a number of quotations, mainly from authors close to my heart. It is difficult to say what the subject matter is. It's about all or nothing. It's about what is really real, it's about what we think is real and what is not.

This webbook is for doubters, who are not convinced they know it all. The funny thing is that once you start doubting and you let it, it never stops. And that's a good thing. It keeps one alert. We should all keep our bullshit meter switched on at all times.

Everything written here is an exposition of my insights, applicable to my situation, my "sandbox". So, this doesn't mean you just agree automatically, because then you are only supporting your own bullshit.

It takes courage to be honest. I will try my best myself though I will probably fail here and there.

"Questioning authority is the beginning of freedom of thought."

Robert Saltzman

Here is another quote:

"The first principle is not to fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool."

Richard Feynman

Remember: no one has all the answers.

The reason I am writing this book is because it's fun to do. I'm entertaining myself and by being as honest as I can, I also learn a lot. About what it is to be me, about what it is to be a human animal in a complex society like ours. About what it is to be alive and aware.

PS: English is not my native language, so I hope you will forgive me my "Dutchy" language violations.