Welcome on the website HeinPragt.com

site logo The site heinpragt.com has been online since 1994 and it has grown to more than 330 theme pages and several thousand visitors every day. The main part of this website is written in Dutch and has three general topics: people, culture and technology and the site is meant to be a kind of online reference. The purpose of the site is to provide positive, friendly, reliable information to inspire the visitors. The English part of this site is much smaller and it covers only a few topics, but by using Google translate you should be able to read the Dutch pages as well. I am expanding the English part of the website because a lot of topics are international. My name is Hein Pragt, I have been a professional musician for 6 years when I was younger and I have been performing in bands for all of my life. At the age of twenty five I became a professional software developer / ICT engineer and in my private time I have written a lot of applications and games, most of them freeware, that you can download from this site. Since a few years I write point and click adventure games in the Unity game engine. I also like DIY projects and electronics, retro computing, I design 3D parts and I have a 3D printer, I have a lot of small animals at home and I am a proud father of five children. I am also interested in psychology, philosophy, spirituality, I read a lot and write about new insights. Curiosity, creativity and integrity is my lifestyle and this website does reflect this. You can contact me with the contact form in the header of this page, I like to get to know new people. You can also contact me on the next social media sites: personal facebook page of my Linkedin page of my YouTube chanel of my Instagram page.   Regards, Hein Pragt.

Short story about autism

meisje The teacher said, "You're done painting so quickly, just add a few more colors." because she didn't see the girl painting for 5 minutes do more. The other children were still busy putting stripes, discovering the spreadability of paint, striking the brush through other colors, get paint on their fingers, they were exploring what paint feels like on your fingers, on a brush, on paper and how to change colors. The girl still had clean fingers, she already knew what paint felt like and she didn't want to feel that again. She had carried out the teacher's order and placed the colors in a way that was balanced for her. "There I see paper, there's still room to paint." said the teacher encouragingly. Dejectedly, she took the brush and stuck two blobs of paint in the designated places and .......... then it wasn't her painting anymore.

Theme: Meaning and origin of symbols

All of my life I have studied the origin and meaning of symbols, signs, amulet and talisman, so I own a large number of books on the meaning of symbols and their origin. On the Dutch part of this website I describe the meaning and origin of more than 800 symbols, on this English part there is a smaller collection.

Theme: Positivity and wisdom

All my life I've been crazy about funny sayings, sayings and quotes, I have a lot of them hanging here at home too. Quotes and sayings are often concise short sentences, sometimes humorous, sometimes cynical that make complex matters clear in a simple way. But I also like to collect beautiful short stories with a moral and optimistic sayings and pictures. Or other texts and articles that have a positive meaning on life.

Beeing yourself

Wise story Many people just want to be themselves, be authentic and think they have some kind of pure unchangeable identity. Often this Identity is good, beautiful and pure and this "me" almost only has positive qualities. This may go so far that when somtimes they act jealously, stupid, hysterical or wrong, people say “I was not myself”. Most people try to play the role (the ego) of the person they would like to be. But the funny thing is that you can never be anything but yourself, all those beautiful and less beautiful sides, that's you. You can stop looking for yourself, you already are. The only thing you can do is to accept all those different sides of yourself and even start to like them, because this is you. (Hein Pragt)


Wise story about hope According to an old Chinese definition of happiness, "something to hope" is one of the three ingredients. The past has shown that whatever hard circumstances people had to face, hope was often the motivation to continue. We often see in desperate acts that people indicate that they have lost all hope. For example, we do not have a life sentence in the Netherlands because we believe that taking away any hope of ever being free is inhuman. Hope is an important driver for people, but hopelessness can be deadly. It is important in life to never lose hope and to even find hope in a tiny sparkle. That's why giving someone else some hope for the future, or helping someone to see some hope, is such a valuable gift. (Hein Pragt)


Wise story People suffer the most from their opposition to reality. The stronger the ego, the more people think they have influence on things that are happening to them and to the world around them. But when you look back, how often did things happen exactly as you planned them or the way you wanted them to happen? I almost never think, and when it did happen the way you planned, it was often just a coincidence. Life is what happens to you while you had other plans, I cannot state this often enough. By not being able to accept that "it is what it is" and "it goes as it goes", resistance arises and this resistance causes suffering and sorrow. If you honestly dare to look at feelings and emotions that afflict you, you can often discover this resistance. By letting go of the resistance and accepting that is what it is, you can start to learn to enjoy what is really there. (Hein Pragt)


Wise story Judging quickly, often based on prejudice and then sentencing, is a very human habit that is ingrained in our genes. It makes life safe and well-organized when we are able to quickly divide everything into good and bad, friend or enemy, beautiful or ugly. In prehistoric times it was useful to be able to quickly assess whether someone was a friend or an enemy. And the chance of survival was higher when you were not so optimistic, it was safer to see more enemies. You could say that sentencing is embedded in our genes. I decided at a young age to leave this judgment behind and I tried to see who someone really was. That has given me very special encounters and a lot of insight. Only when you can leave your judgments, prejudices and convictions behind, you can see who someone really is, until that time you really only see yourself.(Hein Pragt)

I have learned

Wise lesson Quick judgment, often based on prejudices and condemning, is very common human behavior that's in integrated in our genes. It makes our life safe and clear when we are able to quickly divide everything and everyone into good and bad, friend or enemy, beautiful or ugly and in prehistoric times it was useful to be able to quickly estimate if someone's was a friend or an enemy. And the survival rate was higher when you were too conservative and did not thrust too much. You could say that prejudices and condemning is part of our prehistoric genes. I learned at a young age to try to omit this judgment and to be interested to see who someone really was and that has led me to many special encounters and a lot of insight. Only when you can leave judgment and prejudices behind, you are able to see who someone really is, until then you will mostly see yourself. (Hein)

Theme: Love and relations

This part of the website is about love and relationships. I think the subject is so interesting and has so many aspects that it cannot be written off. So many love poems have been written and yet someone who is deeply in love knows again write a new poem. On these pages I present my personal vision and experiences with in addition everything I about have read this topic physically, psychologically and philosophically.

My own adventure games

I live in the Netherlands

I am proud of my little country, we are one of the most open-minded countries in the world, and we are a country of big inventions, creativity and personal development. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815 and is located in the West of Europe, bordering the North Sea. Our climate is marine, cool summers and mild winters. The Netherlands is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, located in Western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The Netherlands is often called Holland. This is formally incorrect as North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. For more on this and other naming issues see terminology of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying and densely populated country. It is popularly known for its traditional windmills, tulips, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, for its bicycles, its dikes and surge barriers, and, on the other hand, traditional values and civil virtues such as its classic social tolerance. But primarily, the Netherlands is a modern, advanced and open society. An old parliamentary democracy, the country is more recently known for its rather liberal policies toward recreational drugs, prostitution, abortion, and euthanasia. The Netherlands is also one of the most densely cabled countries in the world; its internet connection rate is 87.8%, the 2nd highest in the world. The Netherlands has an international outlook; among other affiliations the country is a founding member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, and has signed the Kyoto protocol. Along with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is one of three member nations of the Benelux economic union. The country is host to five international(ised) courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. All of these courts (except the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), as well as the EU's criminal intelligence agency (Europol), are situated in The Hague, which has led to the city being referred to as "the world's legal capital." The terrain is mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders). The population is about 16,067,754 (July 2002 EST.)

I was born in the town Bargercompas

I was born in the small town Bargercompas in the southeast corner of Drenthe in the Netherlands. Bargercompas is located not far from away from the German border, near the town of Emmen. Until my eighteenth birthday I lived in this little town and I spent my complete childhood in Bargercompas. Barger-Compascuum is a small town in the Dutch municipality of Emmen in a peat-producing region of Drenthe near the German border. The village area of Barger-Compascuum consists of a combination of agricultural (peat reclamations in the past) and nature. The very nice nature includes not only the Berkenrode, but also the Oosterbos. The town is surrounded with large natural areas. The main attraction in the village is the National Veenpark museum where the history of the town and the peat reclamation is shown and told and the town like it was one century ago is rebuild. In the center of the village you can find the St. Joseph Catholic Church that was build in 1924, a Roman Catholic and a Protestant Christian school, sports fields, supermarket, a post office and several other shops and restaurants.

This is my current hometown Veenendaal

I currently live in the town Veenendaal an I would like to tell you something about the country and the city where I live in. I have provided some maps to give a better indication about the exact location. A famous question that someone from America will ask you is, "you are from Holland, I have a friend that lives there, maybe you know him?". Then I will explain that our country is very small, but about 16 million people live here, and I only know a few of them....(Smile!)

a map of the Neteherlands

The city of Veenendaal is located in the center of the Netherlands near Utrecht. It has about 60,000 inhabitants, 2900 enterprises and 553 shops. Veenendaal is a very active town with numerous public facilities and its a very attractive town with separate residential and industrial areas. The cities of Arnhem and Utrecht are less than 30 kilometres away. Within a short distance of the town you can admire the beautiful scenery of woods, hills and the national park. Veenendaal is a municipality and a town in central Netherlands, it is part of the province of Utrecht. Veenendaal is the only population centre within its administrative borders. The municipality has 61,681 inhabitants and an area of 19,81 square kilometres, most of which is covered with built-up area. The original village was founded in the 16th century as a peat colony from which it got its name. 'Veenen' is the old (plural) Dutch word for peat and 'daal' for valley, so literally the name means 'peatvalley'. Until just after World War II, Veenendaal remained a small community with only a few thousand residents. In the last fifty years the town grew rapidly to the 60,000+ inhabitants of today. Until the second half of the 20th century, Veenendaal was divided into two parts, a 'Gelders' and an 'Utrechts' part ('Gelders' comes from Gelderland and 'Utrechts' from Utrecht, both Dutch provinces). This is because in the first few centuries of the town's existence it was too small to be its own municipality. The southern half eventually became independent from Rhenen and Renswoude in 1795. The northern half separated from Ede in 1960. In 1997 it was elected the greenest city of Europe and in 2004 of the Netherlands. In 2000 the town was elected best bicycle city of the Netherlands.

More about Hein Pragt

At the age of 18 I quit school and became a professional musician and moved to a two room apartment in the town of Emmen. When I turned 24 I decided to go back to school and became a software engineer and I have worked as a software engineer ever since. However I never stopped playing music, I have played in a lot of bands and played all kinds of music. Currently I only play at home on my guitars and digital piano and I have a little Tascam 8 track homestudio. I have been working as a software engineer in several countries like France (working for Philips), Great Brittan (London, working for Psion), Norway and Finland (working for MTD). I have some friends outside of the Netherlands and that's why I decided to translate part of my website to English. I currently live alone and am blessed with four sons, Robert, Rick, Rene and Raoul Pragt and in 2005 my little daughter called Romy Pragt was born. I like to read and write a lot and I am still interested in all kinds of new technology, but also in sprituality, filosofy and other cultures. Read even more about me on my About Hein Pragt page.
Last update: 14-05-2022

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