Welcome on HeinPragt.com
The site heinpragt.com started in 1995 as a simple homepage with resume and some personal information and in the past 20 years it has grown to more than 1500 pages, mostly in the Dutch language. The site contains lots of information about various topics in the field of culture, technology, psychology and philosophy. The intention of this site is to provide information on a wide range of issues in a positive, friendly, polite and family-friendly way. This site contains many articles written over the past 30 years by Hein Pragt (mostly in Dutch) but also articles written by other authors for this site. The English version of this site is much smaller but I am busy to translate a lot of content I have written in Dutch to English. This is why I created this English part of the site www.heinpragt.com. English is not my native language, I hope that it will be the message that counts. Regards, Hein Pragt.
Something to think about
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.(Albert Einstein)
I really like short inspiring stories, most of these stories teach us an important fact of life. On this page is a collection of some inspiring stories and poems that I have collected over the years. Most of the stories are public domain, they are very old and the origin is sometimes not clear. Some of the stories are originally English and some of these stories I have translated from Dutch to English. Read these short stories and let them amuse you, lighten up your day or give you something to think about.
Read the stories...
Inspiring story about trying
(By: Unknown, translation: Hein Pragt)
A guru advised his students to meditate three times a day. Most of his students watched him with some burdened ands most of their comments were almost identical: "I will try." The guru nodded wisely and while he walked back to his seat, he dropped the book he had under his arm and it fell to the floor. He turned around, bent over, reached for the book, but could not get it. Time after time he grabbed but could not get the book. His students looked at him in amazement. "You try to pick it up," he said to one of the students. The student walked to the book, bent over, picked up the book and handed it to his guru. The guru hit the book out of his hands, back to the ground and said: "I did not ask you to pick the book up, I only asked you to try".
I have learned
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)
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Differences men and women
This page is about the differences between men and women. By learning what the differences between men and women are we can have a better understanding of the behavior of the other gender. It will not solve all problems that constantly seem to arise between men and women but it may be a good way to see things from another perspective. Also, some differences between men and women are very funny. From the emancipation movement in the 60s they thought that all the differences between men and women were caused by education and culture. Studies in recent years show that the differences are much more in our brains and genes. These pages are a rework from the Dutch articles I wrote, I tried to translate them into English the best I could.
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Meaning of symbols
For many years, I have studied the meaning and origin of symbols, signs, amulet and talisman. It is a hobby where I continue to discover new facts and I own a lot of books about symbols and their meaning and I also share information about this topic with other people across the Internet. Symbols and signs can be explained from historical, cultural but also from a spiritual view. Because the number of symbols that I describe is too large for a single web page, symbols and descriptions are spread over several pages. The first five pages are in alphabetical order with a small images of the symbol along with a description of the meaning of the symbol and the origin. A lot of people visit these site to find out the meaning of one of their own tattoos, it would be much wiser to look for the meaning of a symbol before taking a tattoo because it is very sad to find out that the pretty tattoo has a (sometimes hidden) meaning that conflicts with your point of view in life. Every day we see symbols, not just when we visit a church or a museum, but also in the arts, politics and advertising.
Reversi / Othello
Reversi is also known as othello and it is a great game in which two players of opposite color pieces take turns taking pieces of the opposite color, trying to get the most pieces. I wrote a nice freeware version of the game and it plays a nice game. My oldest son Robert designed the layout of the game.
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Sayings and quotes
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!)
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.
About Hein Pragt
Athe 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.
Last update: 03-08-2018
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