Introduction to the Collection of 40
(1001 t/m 1040)
Philosophical Contemplations about the Zeitgeist


Welcome dear reader,

As an eclectic I would like to introduce the greater audience to its philosophy in an educational manner.

Education (Latin: educere, lead out of ignorance, bring up) is a general term with includes shaping, teaching and bringing up.
These are methods for teaching both within and outside school environments.
We call learning processes that take place within a school environment ‘formal education’ and learning processes outside ‘informal education’. It is the transfer of values and accumulated knowledge from a community and its components.

Philosophy is also called the mother of science.
I have extracted philosophy from the science domain and placed in the heart of society using these educational collections. Philosophy is no longer exclusively scientific, but this puts it within everyone’s reach, regardless of their previous schooling.

The Greek word philosophia means philosophy in plain English.
The introduction of the term philosophy has been attributed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras.
In Greek, the word philosophy is made up from the words for love and wisdom.
Originally the term philosophy therefore simply means a love of wisdom.

A practitioner of philosophy is called a philosopher.

But what is an eclectic then?
An eclectic is also a philosopher but one who does not commit to any one system, but who chooses what he finds most suitable from different systems and merges these elements into something new.
Eclecticism is the working method applied by an eclectic for acquiring thought forms, working methods, styles or motives from his ancestors or from others and to melt these into something new.

What does the word contemplate mean?
As a word, ‘contemplate’ means to think deeply and earnest about a matter.

This collection of 40 (1001 – 1040) contains Philosophical Contemplations about the Zeitgeist in which we live.
Health, affectivity and civilization are the most important themes.

If you have any doubts about a word , I would advise you to look it up in a dictionary or using a (pocket)computer before you read on.
If you continue to do so, you will notice that your vocabulary grows and before you know it, you are a word artist. You will experience that independent study is actually very enjoyable!

According to the famous philosopher Aristoteles, practicing philosophy is the highest and most godly activity for man and a source of joy.

Furthermore, I would suggest you do not read too many philosophical contemplation at once.
Take your time, the purpose is to enjoy your search for the essence of being human and not about reading through the collection as soon as possible.

Finally, I wish you much pleasure, sense of wonder and contemplative moments as you read this educational collection (1001 – 1040) Philosophical Contemplations about the Zeitgeist.

Roy J.B. Noordhoek

 Excellent Education