that there's that much to tell. But even a scientist is first and
foremost a human being. So, maybe the rest of my site is rather formal,
here's a glimpse of the person behind it. I was born in 1965 in
Haarlem, supposedly the place where the purest Dutch is spoken. At age
9 however, I had already lived in 7 houses in 5 cities in 2 countries. I guess that has
contributed to my ease in adjusting to new places, and in letting go.
favorite place is Surinam, where I lived from age 5 till age 8. When I
returned there for a vacation in 1994, I knew immediately this was my
place of happiness. In a way, it has been formative for my religious
basis. Even now, the summer sun on my skin is an incentive for mystical
thoughts and feelings. A much needed correction for a pervading all too
rationalistic tendency (with its own painful antecedents). I was lucky
to spend the summer of 2003 teaching in Paramaribo.
idol (probably idealized) is Wessel Gansfort (presumed to be the
brother of my ancestor), one of the leading lay-theologians just before
the Reformation. He has been described as a biblical humanist with a
touch of mysticism. Nowadays, Roman-Catholics and Protestants still
discuss to which group he belongs. I like that.
A son to my ancestor, a father to my children. Maarten (1984), Philip
(1986), Reinier (1987), Bernard (1989, died after 7 weeks), Wijnand
(1991), and Ewout (1994). Quite a team, and the photo here is not
really up to date. Days spent with them remind me that being
there is what counts. They're my future, and probably the best I
contributed to in my life, even when my contribution to their lives is
less and worse than they deserve. And between sons and fathers - caring
for and being cared for - are the brothers, the friends. I cherish the memories of being at home with
and future. I feel privileged for living in a medieval city in a new
millennium. Time transcending the limits of who, where, and when I am.
Time longing for and referring to eternity. As love and desire refer to
God, the ultimate and virtual reality.