Rob Riemen (1962) is a writer and the founder of the Nexus Institute. He studied Theology at Tilburg University and remembers this time as his magic Mountain-era, after Thomas Mann’s masterpiece &lslsquo;The Magic Mountain’. Questions that occupied his mind were: What does humanity mean and what is life? How come European humanism has vanished to exist as an ideal of civilization? What is the value of art, and of culture?