years later, at the age of forty-five, he was asked to coordinate
a protestant- church project to raise awareness about peace,
justice and the environment in daily life.
In 1990 Hace co-founded an environmental foundation to give
a voice to the local political minority and to protect the
wetlands and long lake in his local area from the environmental
abuse of chemical pollution and excessive building.
He chaired the foundation for its first five years and is
still a member of the board today.
In the autumn of 1990 he reached a stage of "total burn-out"
and was effectively disabled by this for several years. During
this period he reflected on the reasons why this had happened.
Then, four years later, at the age of 50, taking all his conclusions
into account, he re-designed his life. He divorced, after
thirty years of marriage, and leaving friends, family, "certainties"
and ambitions set out to travel for several years.
Following this he went into a one-day-a-week psychotherapy
program for more than two years. At the same time he became
a pupil of the international school of the Golden r. c. which
he continued to attend for several years. During this period
he also studied Gnostic writings, becoming aware the limitations
of psychotherapy at the "personality level" and
the necessity of focusing at "soul level". Also
in this period, he became a working member of the oldest and
purest Dutch naturists club "Sun and Life". He studied
Tantra and annexed this form of Buddhism as a lifestyle.
By doing so he re-socialised and re-educated himself into
a natural way of behaving and living and as a consequence,
also became a vegetarian.
At the age of 60 - when he had recovered from his life-long
chronic depression and had learned to cope with his post traumatic
stress syndrome, imposed memory and concentration restrictions
- he left the Dutch protestant church, and left his country
as well, to experience several months of solitude in the Catalan
hills of Conca de Barbera.
Here he was granted a state of enlightenment on the twenty-second
of February 2004.
"vader Zen zoon" (father Zen son) was written during
the summer of 2005 whilst staying in the Tavascan valley,
in a small travel caravan, with his Catalan lady friend. During
that period, Hace drew inspiration from being in his beloved
Cataluña and being a naturist surrounded by nature
in the vast Pyrenean mountains.
"Ontology; the knowledge of being", was written
in the spring of 2007, in the unspoiled Pyrenean valley of
seventeen, Hace left the parental home and went to England,
where he was really not permitted to take on either paid or
unpaid work. For several months he joined a team of road contractors,
earning good money "by the yard". These adult weekly
wages were mainly invested in profitable "merchandise"
in later years.
At the age of twenty, when he had completed his two years
of military service, he started doing shift-work in a steel
factory and bought his first house. Then, at the age of twenty-one,
five years after they first met, he married his school friend
and eleven months later was presented with a daughter
who got a brother two years later.
By the time he was twenty-eight he was in a position to buy
a larger house, with a study, and embarked on a three year
When he had finished this, and graduated, he started on his
successful commercial career and became familiar with purchasing;
sales; training; coaching; consultancy and management. This
all resulted in leadership based upon authority through skills.
In the early eighties he was co-founder of a couple of companies
but withdrew from them after the first year. He finally specialised
in the generation of "new business": developing
new product/market combinations and he operated as a consultant
in strategic marketing. Throughout his life, he continued
to combine paid work with unpaid volunteer work.
The environmental foundation was positioned as a new service/market
combination through "nonprofit marketing" and became
effective through professional account management and structured
After over half a century of survival, Hace now lives in both
Spain and in the Netherlands. He enjoys living his life as
a lover, writer, painter and nature photographer, and - every
now and then - taking pleasure in flying his motorised para-glider
alongside the birds of the Pyrenees.
He is, at last, experiencing life-long happiness as a reality:
Always here & now, and never later/there. Catalunya march
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