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    Next to the house where Spinoza live in The Hague

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    1. Frizztext 81 months ago | reply

      This is Perfect!

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    2. Frizztext 81 months ago | reply

      SPINOZA never could imagine,
      on what glass his name would be to read...

    3. Frizztext 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cultural Boxes, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    4. Fabio Bruna 81 months ago | reply

      Martin: ze waren allebei niet mijn ding. Maar ik keek dan nog liever naar de dames aan de overkant dan dat ik daar een broodje at ;-)

    5. Frizztext 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called PARADOXical, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    6. Harry Mijland 81 months ago | reply

      Da's multiculti, multinationaal. En ook nog multiculi.

    7. Frizztext 81 months ago | reply

      here my essay on spinoza:

      Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677), an early figure of European Enlightenment like a Netherlands Descartes or Giordano Bruno, - he fought with his publications for the inauguration of modern times, influenced by sober reason - but still caught in the historical context of a society, which was ruled by the dictatorial interests of confessions and government cabals.

      During Spinoza's lifetime (only 45 years) Amsterdam probably has been Europe's most alive, free and multi-cultural large city - the true mother of Nieuw Amsterdam = New York. As freely however, that anyone could philosophize, whatever he liked to sermonize - no, that wasn't possible staying completely unpunished.

      Many of the perforce secret supporters of Spinoza (publishers, booksellers, authors) landed in the prison or in banishing. Most glaringly is the story of the brothers Johan and Cornelis de Witt, who had protected Spinoza, providing him with food, money and legal support: A furious mob of Monarchists and Calvinists in 1672 got them out of prison and carried out a lynching court in the style of that time: they mangled the bodies and pulled out the hearts, showing them full of triumph to the audience - many of the members of the aristocracy, sitting in carriages. A very anarchistic version of almost forgotten Inca- and Aztec-rites. Only with strive Spinoza's friends could prevent him from posting a placard near the site of the massacre, reading ULTIMI BARBARORUM (You are the greatest of all barbarians).

      Spinoza's family, Jewish, harassed by the Inquisition, had escaped Spain like thousand others to find refuge in the Netherlands, which showed more toleration. Spinoza's first thinking results, which regarded the Bible as an historical writing collection of different humans (thus by no means written by God), led him to be excommunicated from the Dutch community of Portuguese Jews. The autocratic Sephardim rabbinical leadership wrote 1656 in beautiful calligraphic letters: "As to the judgement of the angels and statement of the holy we banish, curse, bewitch and condemn Baruch de Spinoza. Beware of operating with him verbally or in writing, beware of proving him the smallest favor, beware of reading his books..."

      The remainder of his life (like an early forerunner of the famous Anne Frank, who was hidden by Amsterdam citizens from Nazi pursuance) Spinoza hid mostly in small grave chambers of rooms and he lost all the wealth of his family business. Secretly he was supported by friends. Additional he earned money by lens grinding (but the sharpening of glass caused an early death: the inhaled dust destroyed his lungs). Convinced of the correctness of his thinking he as long as possible continued writing, persistently and annoyingly - however anonymous.

      He did not want to die in public at stake like his forerunner Giordano Bruno in Rome 1600. Spinoza was fascinated by the hypothesis of a Pantheism, first developed by the efforts of Giordano Bruno. In his "Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect" he defined God as ruled by the same causes like nature ("deus, siva natura"). At that time neither the Jews nor the Christians had been ready to accept such dogmatic changes or at least to tolerate such opinions (which of course weakened the religious authorities).

      A large city is - today like at that time - characterized by the fact, that trends in different parts of the society are not simultaneous. The aristocratic, bourgeois, working class or religious circles always have different speeds. The intellectual circles, sympathizing with Spinoza, seemed to live already in the 18th century.

      Because Spinoza, inspired by Hobbes, also risked to formulate basics of a democratic society, he came immediately into conflict with the Netherlands Orangists, who controlled the state. The mob, brought to a level of puppets as well by the princes as by the clerical - the mob was not enlightenmentable by the shy and sensitive considerations of a cautiously hidden publisher.

      We would have to thank Spinoza (if it would be possible) for his persistance, which helped to develop modern constitutions of states and stabilized the opinion, that a religion must not be monopolized, but, in the contrary, has to follow individual interpretations as well. With regard to September Eleven and the US-reaction against fundamentalist assaults we faster could decide, how to response. I think: not using military, but using reason: no religion should lead us to a Crusade or a "Reverse Crusade" anymore. Monopolizing trends of denominations should be stopped. By the name of Spinoza!

    8. Frizztext 81 months ago | reply

      thank you for contributing your pic to the group PARADOXICAL;
      I tried to describe my feelings, observing your pic, in the group's gallery at

    9. Frizztext 79 months ago | reply

      I would like to invite you
      to the november contest
      of our group PARADOXICAL at

    10. Frizztext 71 months ago | reply

      one day you should show me this SPINOZA-restaurant...
      maybe you geotag this?

    11. Frizztext 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called comments-no-awards, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. Frizztext 67 months ago | reply

      please post SMALL sized at
      S-dictionary, S for SPINOZA (or SALAD)

    13. Frizztext 52 months ago | reply

      watch your restaurant on my SPINOZA website
      we should meet there! what's the street name?

    14. Frizztext 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ABC-visualized, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. Frizztext 25 months ago | reply

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