Corn. Verhoeven violence(3)


Want juist het kordaat optreden is een van de meest voorkomende vormen van geweld.

Because acting resolute is one of the most existing forms of violence. (p.12 Corn. Verhoeven, tegen het geweld)

(Resolute is without any doubt, determined, no hesitation. No further thinking. To resolutely fight violence is a paradoxical act. Verhoeven wants to think about Violence. )

Violence is a big dark spot on our lives/existence as a collectivity, as an individual and on the dark places in between. And it would not be violence or force majeure if the spot was made by us and we could remove it again. It would be good to rethink  violence and our impotence before being too resolute in our talking about violence.

If violence is integrated part of our existence than violence cannot be removed from our world without big changes in our lives.

Corn. Verhoeven Violence (2)


(We are not above Violence. Violence is above us.)

Who thinks that his own thoughts and voice have power and force that are in reality not existent, that lack of force and power that is inspiring our thoughts about violence, does set him outside of the problem and underestimates violence.
He behaves as this person on the beach. He is blowing and thinks his wind is causing the distant invisible ship to sail. The ship does use steam.

(my comments are in ()

Thinking does have some influence on politics, but very very slowly. And it is not the thinking itself that does change the world. Thinking cannot act in changing the world. We do not talk about politics here.
(I am aware of the low quality of language in these texts. But translating, even in worse English, a text is my way of slow reading and thinking)
Second. I cannot think about violence without being rebellious. Violence is not a subject I can think about with wonderment only. I am to much involved and hurt by its consequences. And violence is far away from my influence and it confronts me forcefully with my helplessness. The mistake I could make here and that would set me outside of the problem is to restrict and limit my influence to that part of violence that is directly and clearly manifest. This limitation would make it necessary to split off from the bigger fields of violence. I could say, the only violence I could change is the violence I do. I could try just as they say start changing the world begins with you. But that is a big mistake. Peace in your heart and all those beautiful ethical things hardly do touch the problem of violence in the world. Peace in all hearts will not make peace on earth. The escape route into individual and ethical aspects of violence does not even touch the problem of violence.
Violence is not a problem of individual qualities, violence is a problem connected to collectivity. We do not want to discuss inner peace.

Corn. Verhoeven, against violence (1)

I will try to read and translate this booklet.

1. Violent thinking

1. Violence as inspiration.

To think about violence is a way of suffering and of rebellion. It is superior and submissive.
This impossible situation inspires thinking and it means two restrictions

First I cannot think about violence in a political way. My thinking will not and cannot change political decisions, not now and not in the future.  My desire for instant change is a source of inspiration, but I am fully aware of the futility of this desire.
It would be very naive  to try to change the world by thinking only. That would place us outside reality and make our thoughts infertile or into coarse shouting.

We could say we are against war and violence, and we could be very convinced that war is unnecessary and should be abolished. That is not a very fertile idea. We must suffer of reality and be conscious of the rather absolute incapability of the individual.  If someone is not convinced of this incapability,  he does not understand that this incapability, powerlessness, is part of the massive and structural problem of violence.  Violence is defined as that what is stronger than me, as what I have to suffer and endure. It always escapes  the political manageable.




Translation of parts of Cornelis Verhoeven, Tegen het geweld, AMBO, 1967,





Danger: Loss of creativity


If you do not do any of the following practices your creativity will disappear.

  • eat healthy food
  • body movement
  • explore
  • just wander
  • work on your projects
  • meet people
  • spend time in nature
  • stillness
  • create, create, create

Failing to do any of these activities will cause serious mental suffering, squarness, and boredom.

Image Maps with clickable areas in HTML5

Image Maps

Use the <map> tag to define an image-map. An image-map is an image with clickable areas.
The name attribute of the <map> tag is associated with the <img>’s usemap attribute and creates a relationship between the image and the map.
The <map> tag contains a number of <area> tags, that defines the clickable areas in the image-map:

<img src=“planets.gif” alt=“Planets” usemap=“#planetmap” style=“width:145px;height:126px;”>
<map name=“planetmap”>
<area shape=“rect” coords=“0,0,82,126” alt=“Sun” href=“sun.htm”>
<area shape=“circle” coords=“90,58,3” alt=“Mercury” href=“mercur.htm”>
<area shape=“circle” coords=“124,58,8” alt=“Venus” href=“venus.htm”>
The coords in a rect(angle) left up is 0,0 and down right is 145, 126 (in the image-map planets.gif)
(coords is width, height)
here a grid as an example
circle” coords=“90,58,3 ”  First 90,58 is the center of the circle and 3 is the radius.

more about HTML5  w3schools.

A habit for silence @livedtime Gewoon even stil zijn


Developing a habit is very easy. Just start doing and continue doing, and after some time you need not think what to do. You are used to do that thing, It has become a habit. Like checking your phone every five minutes.

Een gewoonte ontwikkelen is erg eenvoudig. Gewoon beginnen en doorgaan. Want na een poosje hoef je niet meer na te denken over wat je gaat doen, omdat je eraan gewend bent.  Het is een gewoonte geworden. Zoals iedere vijf minuten je mobiel bekijken.

I always use the stairs and no elevator, because I think it is a very healthy thing climbing stairs. The habit makes that I do not need to decide what to do. Just go for the stairs.

Ik gebruik altijd de trap inplaats van de lift of de roltrap, omdat ik dat gezonder vindt. De gewoonte maakt dat ik niet steeds weer hoef te kiezen, ik neem uit gewoonte de trap.

Developing a custom for stillness is just as easy. Some people do a silent time in the morning, some in the evening. Some do some walking in silence in lunch time. Some are still in a train when commuting. Like this man who is always closing his eyes and everybody assumes he sleeps, but he is doing a stillness moment.

Een gewoonte ontwikkelen voor stilte is net zo eenvoudig. Sommigen kiezen voor een stilte ‘s morgens anderen voor ‘s avonds. Of ze lunchwandelen in stilte. Of ze zijn stil in de trein of bus. Net als die man die altijd zijn ogen sluit en iedereen denkt dat ie slaapt, maar hij is even stil.

Choose one positive habit and keep at it until it becomes so natural that not a day goes past without it naturally arising. Because you will need time to get used to your new practice. (some days, or some months)

Kies een positieve gewoonte en hou vol tot het zo gewoon en natuurlijk wordt dat je er zo aan gewend bent dat het vanzelf gaat. Neem er de tijd voor want gewoontevorming kost tijd (van enkele dagen to enkele maanden)

It could help if  you told someone about your  new habit. They will be very happy help you to remind you.

Het kan helpen anderen te vertellen over je nieuwe gewoonte. Ze zullen je graag aan je voornemen helpen herinneren.

How to change bad habits? Change it for a new and better one. It is very difficult, if not impossible,  to do NOT what you are used to do. It is much more easy to do something else instead of your old bad habit.

Hoe verander je slechte gewoontes? Ontwikkel een nieuwe en betere gewoonte in de plaats van de oude. Het is vrijwel onmogelijk om Niet te doen wat je gewend bent, het is veel eenvoudiger om iets anders te doen dan je gewend bent.

Edit exif information


I use exiftool from Phil Harvey.
Download and install is easy and a description is on the site.
I wanted to remove the Image Description tag because Olympus does give this tag the value of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA. This Value is put into the caption if my wordpress blog images. And I did remove this caption by hand.
exiftool could do this in batch mode, but I am not sure it does. Still trying and testing
In Terminal: exiftool ~/Pictures/#name of directory#/ -EXIF:ImageDescription=Value
If you want to change a single file you can use #filename# in place of #name of directory#. Exiftool can help with a lot more exif and image related problems.

The classic WordPress dashboard does not make a caption when uploading an image, that is a very useful trick to avoid this Olympus tag in the caption.


Cornelis Verhoeven

verhoeven zwaan

Questions:  One chapter in Against Violence is titled ‘Technique and violence’  – does Verhoeven talk about the reductionist and action oriented nature of technique.

I think he does. Verhoeven considers technique and technology as loaded with myths, values, ideology, etc. Verhoeven stresses the need for thinking about technique, critical reflection on aspects of technique. Technique has a objective aspect and an aggressive aspect in the ways means are used.  (alleen maar kijken p. 70)

Verhoeven : Technique often is introduces with help of  the broad but hollow and empty rhetoric  about  the healthy and salutiferous effects of powerful and drastic action in critical situations .

I wonder about its application the ‘banking method’ of education?

Verhoeven alleen maar kijken p55 translation me:

After all, all education from low to high, is a large factory in which this culture of obviousness is reproduced and where every wonder and every question be nipped in the bud. All teaching methods is designed to reduce the new to the familiar. The process has the obviousness as a goal and product.
Teaching which stresses the importance of wonder and wonderment would be a method of diminishing obviousness

Every thing would be turned around. Now The teacher asks questions and the student has to reproduce the answer. Like a dog bringing back a stick.
Awe and wonder and questions without answers are unbearable in schools and are ridiculed and laughed at.
The answer has to be produced at once and reproduced. The answer is a product, it is made. The question preceding this answer is a product too. What cannot be made needs not exist in a culture of products and obviousness and indifference,and blassé-ness. Reality is only important as far as it is made by humans and can be used by humans.

Verhoevens warns against the making of wonderment as a product.

There are goals that can only be achieved by passivity. And these goals are not the least important. What is said here about sleep can also be said about happiness, insight, love and peace, about all which, if only by the scope of their meaning, withdraw themselves from the grasp of self-empowerment. The essentials of life are given to us, beginning with pure existence itself. This insight alone is enough to end the autocracy of activity.

– from Emphasis in ‘Against violence’. (