Menno van der Land

Hi! Welcome to Existential Reflections. My name is Menno van der Land and I am a philosopher and world traveler, based in the beautiful city of Leiden, The Netherlands. On this website, I share my philosophical insights about the big existential questions.

After studying political science at the University of Leiden I started working in the public sector, while getting my PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Getting older though, my interests shifted. Away from politics (although I am still an avid follower of the political debate), towards the realms of philosophy and psychology. Away from what matters in politics towards what matters in life and the wisdom of thinkers from past and present. As Jimmy McGill would say: “Clarity. Not midlife crisis, midlife clarity.” 🙂

Over the years I have read a lot of books and articles, attended workshops and classes, and thought about the big existential questions of life endlessly. Life, death, happiness, meaning, hope, truth, loneliness, values, and so on. And that’s where the foundation for this website was laid. Some of my existential reflections have resulted in essays which you can read here. And there is more to come, so please check again later!

My ideas and insights keep evolving (they probably will untill I die), so the posts you will find here on this website won’t give you definitive answers. They only reflect what I think I know about life so far. Drawing on the wisdom of the philosophers that inspire me and other people from whom I have learned, they provide practical insights that may change the way you look at things and deal with the absurdity and meaninglessness of human existence.

You can click on the sidebar icon in the menu to learn some stuff about me that has nothing to do with philosophy. 🙂 And otherwise you can just browse through my essays and musings. Maybe they will inspire you and help you navigate through life.

Do you have a question? Or a comment? Or do you just want to say ‘hi’? Please feel free to contact me.

“Life is an existential road trip. You are free to drive where you want. There are no reasons for taking one road over another. You may crash, and you have to take responsibility for that. But whatever you do, don’t hand the wheel over to someone else.”