Never say: this is impossible!

An airplane, thought out by Leonardo da Vinci (object in the exhibition in Tübingen/Germany)

Visionaries see reality differently

It is only about 100 years ago that airplanes exist. we seem to have forgotten the short time span in which dreams of early visioneries came true. 500 years ago, Leonardo daVinci tried to find solutions for problems of his time, some of them worked, some of them were considered impossible, like people flying like birds.

Perpetuum mobile – does it exist?

DaVinci tried also to construct a “perpetuum mobile”, an everlasting movement. It didn’t work out and since then people kept believing that it doesn’t exist and never can. That’s what a visitor at the exhibition in Tübingen told me: He has learned at school, that it doesn’t exist. well, yes, at the material level with all the frictions and disturbances. But DaVinci’s dream has become true on the quantum level. But who understands Quantum Physics enough to come to be convinced that a perpetuum mobile really exists, despite what the old text books teach us? On the quantum level many things are possible which we ignored and are still ignoring. We need dedicated scientists to find that out, and fortunately there are many, although not recognized by main stream conventional science doctrine.

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New Energies – Breakthrough Energies

The promise of new energies and more: what I take away from the Breakthrough Energy Conference two weeks ago.

I need to say right away, these “New energies” have nothing to do with solar panels or windmills which seem to be the only ways of producing “clean energy” in the public opinion. Underneath of the desperate cry for abandoning fossil fuels. which is not backed up by any viable solution concept, there are pioneers all over the world, who dedicate their time and money to the research of truly new ways of energy production. 

How come that these possibilities do not appear anywhere in the climate change debate? 

Climate protection is not protection of earth and nature – the shortsightedness of the present discussion

Why do we want to destroy our landscape with fields of solar panels or huge windmills which plaster the soil with masses of concrete and hack birds into pieces? Why don’t we consider that, at night, when our future electric cars need to be charged, there is no sun to provide energy? And why don’t we consider either, how huge parts of the country would be filled with ugly buildings, containing batteries? It will be like a city behind the city, but with dead material which is difficult to dispose when exhausted! People seem to believe, that all these problems either don’t exist or resolve themselves without any problem,. 

It would not be the first time that good intent leads to a catastrophe.

And in the meantime we will be asked to pay taxes on CO2 emissions, which won’t eliminate the problem, but only increase the gap in life-quality, between the rich and the poor, between those who have enough money to buy a new sophisticated car and take airplanes at higher costs, and those who cannot afford any of that any more..

Why can’t people see that the really good solutions are around the corner and look totally different than what we are offered so far? 

Probably because we are culturally stuck in a worldview of more than 100 years ago. The physics which is still taught in schools and universities doesn’t allow, what in former times was called the “Perpetuum Mobile”. And yet, there is clear evidence, theoretical and practical, that there are machines which generate energy without constant input: after an initial kick they go on by themselves.

The old dream of humanity has become true – and the people ignore it completely.
– How tragic is that!?!

All new things take time, yes. The inertia is huge. All textbooks would need to be rewritten, the scientific view on the world would be upside down, and naturally people stick to their old beliefs and ideas as long as possible. The motto is:

 “Even if it was true, I wouldn’t believe it”

My takeaways from the Global Breakthrough Energy Conference

The conference was very encouraging and also consoling to me. I didn’t certainly understand the math and all of the graphs which were shown, but what I understood was the following:

  • With a holistic view on the world and a really open mind you can find completely new concepts in a new reality
  • We totally underestimate the power of water which goes far beyond water driven turbines!
  • This reality is spiritual. Materialistic science without the spiritual dimension misses out the most import insights and the true reality of the Kosmos
  • Transmutation is occuring in the labs. Alchemie is real. With that we can/could clean the present pollution of the world and shorten the decay time of atomic waste, change poisonous material into innocuous water and much more.
  • These new processes arise by learning from Nature . aligning with it and imitating its processes, instead of disrupting Nature (the current paradigm)
  • The sacredness of existence is the basis of all future development and the desire to support life in any aspect. 
  • Free energy devices are on their way, the Perpetuum Mobile is real, and  the end of the petrodollar – and with that of our present economic system – will gradually arrive. 
  •  Visions for a new economy are based on trust and transparency.

Whoever is inspired by what I write: You can buy the recordings of the conference of this year at https://globalbem.com/. Sooner or later they will appear on their Youtube channel where you can already find a lot of information. In the past years it seemed to be more about uncovering the things which don’t work in science and society. This conference instead was in a total positive view on the future where crucial problems can be solved – as soon as humanity is ready for that and willing to step out of the unconscious ways of being completely blind and ignorant.

Can you trust your Doctor?

lemons for prevention instead of masses of pills.

Bevormundung statt Hilfe im Gesundheitssystem – ein Erfahrungsbericht

Wenn Du auf dem Land lebst, bist Du von Natur umgeben. Und dazu gehören Mücken, Fliegen und vieles mehr. Dafür gibt es aber auch noch Schwalben, die sich von ihnen ernähren, die aber in den desinfizierten Städten kaum noch vorhanden sind. Wer weiß. Vielleicht sind sie auch bald am Aussterben, wenn wir so weitermachen mit der Giftspritze. 

Zu den unangenehmen Tierchen gehören die Zecken, deren Zweck in der Natur  mir nicht bekannt ist, aber sie sind halt eben da. Und man kann davon gebissen werden. Es gibt Gegenden in Europa, wo FSME gehäuft auftritt, und auch Borreliose.  Italien, wo ich lebe, gehört da definitiv nicht dazu.

Das Zeckenproblem

Ich hatte sehr viele Zeckenbisse in meinem Leben. Als Kind und Jugendliche in Oberfranken, im Urlaub in der Steiermark (beides gefährdete Gebiete für negative Folgen von Zeckenbissen) und unzählige Male hier in meinem Anwesen im italienischen Umbrien. 

Diesmal zog ich die Zecke nachts  im Halbschlaf heraus, und zum ersten Mal blieben die Beißwerkzeuge drin. Blöd gelaufen. Das Internet sagt, gleich rausmachen erhöht die Infektionsgefahr der Wunde, am besten Wundcreme drauf und abwarten. Das tat ich und in 2 Tagen entwickelte sich ein kleines Entzündungspolster um die Bissstelle, während in früheren Fällen nur eine kreisförmige Rötung für einige Tage entstand und dann abflaute.

Beim Arzt – Bevormundung statt Beratung

Ich musste sowieso bei meinem Hausarzt vorbei und ich bat ihn, die Zecke rauszumachen, denn sie war an einer schwer einsehbaren Stelle für mich selber. Der geriet mal wieder in Aufruhr: Antibiotika musst Du gleich nehmen! (Das hatte ich schon das letzte Mal verweigert). 

Keine Berücksichtigung der Sachverhalte und Konsequenzen

Eben hatte ich dem Arzt  erzählt, dass ich einen Internisten aufsuchen möchte (er muss dafür eine Weiterleitung ausstellen), weil ich Darmprobleme habe, denen ich mit Probiotics und täglichem Selleriesaft bisher noch nicht super erfolgreich begegnen konnte. Und jetzt soll ich, eben mal so, wieder Antibiotika nehmen, zur Prophylaxe, wie er sagt. Antibiotika zerstören aber bekannterweise die Darmflora und verringern damit meine Darmprobleme sicher nicht . Er wurde ärgerlich weil ich nein sagte und er versuchte, mir Angst einzujagen, dass ich, dann wenn…., ins Krankenhaus müßte (er beschrieb es so, als wäre man dann halb oder ganz tot), und er habe schon 5 Fälle gesehen, wo das die Folge war.

Unverhältnismäßigkeit in der Behandlung

5 Fälle in 30+ Jahren Tätigkeit als lokaler Arzt! Und dafür sollen sich die vielen Menschen, die jährlich von Zecken gebissen werden, regelmäßig die Darmflora zerstören, einfach so? Er wurde auch ärgerlich, als ich ihn an die zunehmende Antibiotik-Resistenz in der Bevölkerung erinnerte, die auf unnötige und unsachgemäße Medikation beruht, und dass die Nebenwirkungen von Arzneimitteln einer der Hauptursachen für das Sterben der Patienten ist, nicht die ursprüngliche Krankheit selber. 

Patienten sollen sich der Macht des Arztes unterwerfen

Ich habe zuf#llig einen Bruder, der Arzt ist und sich mit diesen Dingen beschäftigt, ebenso mit wahrer Vorbeugung, z.B. durch Stärkung des Immunsystems. Das zu sagen, machte wenigstens etwas Eindruck auf meinen Arzt, der seine Patienten behandelt wie unmündige Kinder, die keine Stimme im Parlament haben, und die er zum Tablettenkonsum anregt, nicht zuletzt durch massive Drohungen. Ich sprach an, dass Angstmache sicher nicht eine gute Behandlungsmethode ist. Naja, vielleicht denkt er ja mal darüber nach im stillen Kämmerlein.

“Normalen” Ärzten geht es nicht um Heilung

Eines wurde mir wieder mal deutlich: wir sind die Spielbälle der Schulmediziner und deren beschränktes Wissen über HEILUNG, im Gegensatz zur Symptombekämpfung (es gibt ein paar rühmliche Ausnahmen unter der Ärzteschaft, kein Zweifel).

In meinem Fall sehe ich, dass ich hier in meiner Lebenssituation keinen Arzt habe, dem ich mich gern anvertrauen würde. Ich fühle mich alleingelassen und hoffe nur, dass ich mir nichts Ernsthaftes einfange, um nicht im “Gesundheitssystem” entmündigt zu werden, wenn ich mich nicht mehr dagegen wehren kann.

Antibiotika sind super – wenn sie angebracht sind

PS: Ich werde natürlich Antibiotika nehmen, wenn die Schwellung nach der Entfernung der Störelemente nicht eindeutig geringer wird. Nicht selber in diese irrationalen Ängste zu fallen und geduldig abzuwarten ist natürlich eine Herausforderung, die viele Menschen nicht annehmen wollen, die aber sicherlich eine Chance ist zu weiterem persönlichen Wachstum, zum Training in Selbstverantwortung. 

Waking up to climate change – or the shadow of GREEN.

How Green started

I grew up in the sixties. My mother kept a vegetable garden to feed her 5 children. Working too hard, she got a heart disease and had to stop. But the idea of connecting with nature and taking care remained. In the 70ies she founded a citizen’s movement where they collected used plastic items and tried to find enterprises for recycling. This was long before the plastic waste topic entered into public consciousness.

When I lived in Berlin I had an old farmhouse in the then so called “Westdeutschland”. My biggest joy when I arrived there, was to find what had grown in my garden while I was at University. I had started out with physics, but then I  changed the subject. Today though, I am coming back to it. For 30years now, I have been living in the Italian countryside, in close contact with nature, with solar panels on the roof and organic farming. 

Physics and climate change

Now I am keenly interested in physics and other sciences. Why? Because the climate change topic is filling up every corner and people try to tell me that my car is causing the death of our planet.

Climate change  was not in the forefront of my mind so far, as I haven’t been watching the latest news for decades. Whenever the weather is different from what we would like, I certainly started to say: “climate change?” as a possible explanation. People always complain about the weather – but, weather is not the same as climate! Before the climate change discussions we didn’t have a scapegoat, except God himself who dared to send us rain or heat when we didn’t want it. Our memories are short; every time we think: “this is exceptional, it has never been like this” etc. it is not necessarily true. It is just the way we humans deal with reality.

If you don’t go for it, you are guilty

Now, when I had to defend myself why I didn’t want to join the “Friday for Future” manifestations, I started to get interested. I get accused of being in favor of the death of future generations –

WHAT? 

If people really believe things like that, then it is time to find out what information they are fed, what myths they are believing. Such an accusation is really heavy and should have some real fundament when you utter it. 

The scientist in me woke up and together with the psychologist the integralist and the life-experienced part of me started to research.

The psychological basis

When you live in another country than were you were born and grown up, you keep the memory of your home country often, at the point where you left it. You don’t live the changes, you believe, it is like then, when you knew it. It is often an awakening in itself, when you realise that things have changed there, while you were away. But this is also a huge chance because you have the possibility to see things from a distance: you are not involved in parties and power games, preferences and dislikes. You are somewhat neutral while understanding the mentality of the people inside out.

How development works and the problem with green.

When humans develop, they naturally distance themselves of what they were and believed in the previous stage. If the development goes right, the insights and skills of the previous stages  will be integrated and used appropriately. Green rejects science and acts out of the emotional center. This is understandable, but it grows into paradoxes which people in the green mindset are unable to even perceive, let alone address. The contradictions they create in their minds and actions are huge. As long as they are not in decision power, it is no problem. Everyone has the right to get himself – or herself – into trouble. But if the political powers bring their own contradictions as guiding force into the decision making process, everyone is impacted.

The green-blue-purple potpourri is not science

The present climate debate is a strange mixture of green ideals, conventional thinking and magical beliefs. Science is used in scientistic ways: The ideological scientists start with what they want to show. Then they look for arguments, or research results, which feed their assumptions. Real science, instead, is open to the outcome. It starts with a hypothesis and tries to falsify it (instead of trying to prove it!). Serious scientists assume their hypothesis to be proven only as long as they cannot find any valid contradictory argument. They use evidence instead of purely mathematical models which can be changed at will by just changing one parameter. With the last sort of science you can create whatever outcome you want. (Read “The science delusion or “Science set free” by Rupert Sheldrake”

People’s habit of fearing death

Every generation has its version of doomsday, nothing new under the sky. But when this comes out of fundamentalist beliefs in simple causes, in the “climate” case the CO2, then it is time to rethink the story. Decisions are being made which are very likely to create real damage in the short term and for the people right now (as opposed to possible humans in decades or centuries from now),.

Fundamentalist progressives – progressive fundamentalsists?

The weirdest thing, in my eyes, is that the defenders of human made climate change believe to be progressive, at the forefront of society, while in fact they are mainstream. They have succeeded to instill their ideas everywhere and are dominating the discourse. Other voices are repressed, for instance by untruthful Wikipedia entries, which are full of not proven accusations and polemics, in which the described people have no voice at all. Scientists who try their best to give a bigger picture are insulted and accused of whatever seems to make the most effect in the eyes of the listeners.

In short: the previously liberal Germany has entered into the “politically correct” society, where people are not heard and they are fought against if they happen to speak against the ruling ideology. 

Repeating the errors of the past?

I am really wondering if we are not repeating the last century? Totalitarian societies seem to be the goal, everywhere. The idea of democracy is beautiful, its birth painful and long. And its delicate flower is very prone to be destroyed by people who are not yet ready to be responsible citizens, who need an authority to tell them what they should believe and think and do. Erich Fromm wrote a book about that in 1941, in the face of WWII. “The Fear of Freedom

We seem to be in the same situation now, again, where people prefer to live in ideologies instead of being open themselves to reality, evidence and logical empathic thinking, free of falling into the trap of the triangle: victim – perpetrator – rescuer. The climate change warriors want to “save the world” by imposing their simple and limited ideas on people of the rest of the world who are less noisy and get cut off  when they dare to open the mouth. 

The fallacy of believing in simple solutions.

The world is far more complex than imposing CO2 taxes and everything will be fine. It will be problematic, it will increase the gap between rich and poor in the rich countries and it simply cannot be followed in developing countries if they don’t want to buy into their own suicide. 

So why should we throw away our living standards for an idea which by no means is proven to be true? People are told white lies, incomplete or manipulated research data, ideological interpretations and more, they are abused like the masses who wanted the “total war” 90 years ago

We humans are not able to think for ourselves when we are caught in fear. The climate change movement is spreading fear in an unbelievable way.

Green started with the desire to protect NATURE.

 Before all that, we tried to protect nature by the justified preoccupation of losing too many species. Now the mass murder of birds and the destruction of woods and beautiful landscapes are ignored when it comes to windmills. The solar panel fields are not only ugly, but they destroy huge areas of nature and the natural habitat of many animals.

Shouldn’t we begin to think that there is something not right here? 

Do you want to protect nature now? Or do you agree to destroy it now for a completely arbitrary and insecure scenario in the future?

CONCLUSION

Having said all that I want to underline that I don’t ignore that the climate is changing. Everything in life is changing all the time and it is useless to try to keep things as they are. I am not sure that CO2 is the culprit, there are scientists who proof that our globe is living in cycles of warm and cold and the previous warm periods were certainly not caused by cars and airplanes. 

I am for unbiased research which takes into account as many factors as possible, from sun and clouds to regional differences. (The Arctic had increased in ice for a few years when already everyone spoke about global warming. Maybe it is not global? A detailed reading of data HERE).

I am for looking at the methods how the research is done and how “truth” is constructed. And I am for radical consideration of the do-ability and the impact which the decisions will have on all areas of life, in Europe and on the planet.

Bjorn Lomborg has done an extensive study on what to do to make the world a better place. How much money spent can do how much good to people in the world. Infant nutrition is in the first places in huge positive correlation, climate investments – you probably didn’t know! – have a minus correlation. He has written detailed books (one here) and has given easily understandable talks (for instance this one). Why not get informed about that when you want to be helpful for the people on this planet?

The Troyan Horse is lurking everywhere behind the corner!

Last but not least: “Follow the money”! Who is earning on the climate change fear?  And who will be paying it – or better: is already paying it? As long as we do not consider the other side of the medal we are likely to make huge and maybe irreparable errors which will be load for the generations to come – other than CO2! 

The color code mentioned in this article indicate levels of development in SPIRAL DYNAMICS

Climate Change Movement – Some politically non-correct considerations

Wenn gute Absichten zu Ideologien führen

Ich musste mich letzten Freitag Freunden gegenüber verteidigen, dass ich nicht mit auf die Freitag für Future Demonstration gehen wollte.

Ein neues Thema für öffentliche Panik

Ich bin einfach der Meinung, dass diese momentane Hysterie mal wieder eine Mode ist. Vorher war es Feinstaub, dann auch mal Stickoxide, oder die Vogelgrippe (die uns veranlasste, vorbeugend einen Haufen Medikamente zu kaufen – und die Grippe kam dann doch nicht, haha), die Schweinepest oder was sonst noch. die Phantasie, neue Angstobjekte aufzubauschen, hervorbringt. Das ist offenbar endlos.
Jede Bewegung meint, es ist super ernst und dringend. Ängste werden geschürt, die rationales Denken verhindern und alles zu Glaubensangelegenheiten, bzw. Ideologien macht: Dafür oder Dagegen. Und dann verschwindet sie wieder in der Versenkung. War wohl nichts gewesen, mit der Super-Ernstheit, oder?

Entscheidungen sollten gut durchdacht werden auf alle Konsequenzen hin.

Ich denke, dass alles viel zu wenig durchdacht ist. Wenn Du mir ein Klimapaket verkaufen willst, dann sag doch bitte erstmal, wie genau du das umsetzen willst? Elektroautos für alle und gleichzeitig Solarstrom? Ist doch wohl nicht Dein Ernst!! Wenn die Leute abends nach Hause kommen und ihr Auto in die Steckdose stecken werden, gibt es keine Sonne. Und genau dann wird das Netz überbeansprucht. Also dann doch wieder Kohle her oder Gas, denn man braucht ja das Auto morgen wieder.

Übrigens hatten wir ja schon einmal Autos, die wesentlich weniger Sprit verbrauchten. Die wollte aber keiner, also ist die Produktion eingestellt. Da hätte der Bürger seinen Willen schon mal zeigen können, auf Co2 Ausstoß zu verzichten, bzw. ihn zu minimieren, oder? Und jetzt wird gefordert und Geld rausgeworfen für unausgegorenes Wunschdenken. Naja.

Wie man Geld begräbt

In meinem Dafürhalten wird das Geld an genau der falschen Stelle ausgegeben. Nachhaltige Landwirtschaft, natürlicher Kreislauf, Bodenverbesserung usw. wäre eher angesagt, als Milliarden zu versenken in Blödsinn.

Greta klagte die Welt an auf der Klimakonferenz. Geld dürfe kein Thema sein, wenn es um das Klima geht. Das zeugt, ehrlich gesagt, von totaler Unwissenheit. Es gibt viele ernstzunehmende Probleme auf der Welt, für die sich das Geldausgeben wirklich unmittelbar lohnt und Menschenleben in Millionen rettet. Jetzt, nicht hypothetisch in 100 Jahren.

Here die Grafik, wo man sehen kann, wofür Geld ausgeben sich am meisten lohnt im Sinne von “Gutes Tun” https://bit.ly/2QEVQjz

Mit all dem CO2 Gerede es sieht ja fast so aus im Moment, als würden die Leute glauben, CO2 sei gefährlich, giftig oder so was ähnliches! Wer das glaubt, sollte kein Cola oder Bier mehr trinken oder jedwede andere Art von Sprudelwasser.

Und es scheint auch nicht bekannt zu sein, dass alles Grüne in der Natur CO2 BRAUCHT, um Sauerstoff herzustellen. Vielleicht sollte man wieder Bäume und Büsche in die Betonstädte pflanzen, um die Luft zu verbessern, anstatt CO2 Steuern zu Lasten des Normalbürgers einzuführen?

Das meiste des Obigen hatte ich auf HUMAN CONNECTION gepostet und einige Antworten bekommen. Das veranlasste mich, den folgenden 2.Teil zu schreiben:

Warum ich bei Fridays for Future nicht mitmache

Man hat mich eingeladen, das nächste Mal mit auf die Demo zu gehen, aber das werde ich nicht tun, denn das würde für mich bedeuten, dass ich alles unterstütze, was da so auf Plakaten herumgetragen wird. Das tue ich nicht, aus im ersten Teil schon beschriebenen Gründen. Die Lehrer sollten den Kids beibringen, selber für sich und ihre Umwelt VERANTWORTUNG ZU ÜBERNEHMEN, ANSTATT VON ANDEREN ZU FORDERN. Das ist das gegenwärtige übliche Spiel. Und wenn die Lehrer mit demonstrieren gehen, unterstützen sie das Externalisieren von Verantwortung.

Zum Thema “gut gemeint, aber ins Gegenteil treffend”: in meiner Generation sind die Studenten auf die Straße gegangen und haben einiges erreicht, zweifellos. (Aber sie haben nicht ihre Eltern oder Lehrer mitgenommen, sondern eigenverantwortlich gehandelt). Der Haken war, als sich alles als Ideologie verfestigte und extrem wurde, kam die Bader-Meinhof Gruppe heraus, eine “Bedrohung der freiheitlichen Grundordnung”, dem dann durch Gesetze entgegengetreten wurde, die genau unsere Freiheit als Bürger einschränkten. Blöd gelaufen? Naja.

Wenn immer der Kopf von den Emotionen überrannt wird, kommt mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit genau das Gegenteil heraus von dem, was man eigentlich angestrebt hat.

Übrigens Emotionen.

Die Kids sind sehr jung. Könnte ja sein, dass sie zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben mit ihrer eigenen Endlichkeit konfrontiert werden, mit der Tatsache, dass es Tod gibt. Und da wird im allgemeinen mit Panik reagiert, auch bei den älteren Menschen – was sicher nicht die beste Vorbereitung für das Unausweichliche ist. Dann setzt man halt alle Energie in den Versuch, dem Tod zu entkommen, irgendwas oder irgendwen als Schuldigen zu entlarven und zu hoffen, den zunichte zu machen und sich dafür Unsterblichkeit zu erkaufen. Eine uralte Illusion in der Menschheitsgeschichte.

Zurück zu den Demonstrationen gegen Klimawandel:

Ich wette, dass 95% und mehr Kids ein Smartphone in der Tasche haben, wahrscheinlich sogar die neueste Ausgabe. Kein Gedanke an die vielen Kinder, die ihr Leben und ihre Gesundheit ruinieren und in die Minen steigen, damit wir auf dem letzten Stand der Technik sein können und hier wird das überholte Modell mal eben in die Mülltonne geworfen. Klimawandelprotest ist Lippenbekenntnis, solange man selber sich im Bequemen und Unbewußten ausruhen kann.

CO2 Steuer.

Industrie und Benzin verteuern: Damit haben wir WAS erreicht? Die Industriegüter, die wir kaufen (und viele davon auch BRAUCHEN) werden teurer und die, die genug Geld haben, klimpern mit den Wimpern und bezahlen halt ein bisschen mehr. Die anderen, die sich endlich auch mal einen Urlaub in der Sonne leisten konnten, können das dann nicht mehr, und viele wichtigen Dinge können sie sich kaum noch leisten. Jede Verteuerung in der Produktion wird hauptsächlich vom kleinen Mann + Frau getragen. Dabei sei dahingestellt, ob man viele von den Dingen, die produziert werden, wirklich braucht.

Statt den Kleinen zu belasten, soll man lieber da hingehen, wo tatsächlich C02 Emissionen stattfinden: Bei den Waldbränden jeder Art wir gerade wieder überall geschehen (Zweige verbrennen im eigenen Garten ist ironischerweise verboten) und Massentierhaltung, deren “Erzeugnisse” zu mindestens einem Drittel einfach weggeworfen werden in den Supermärkten! (Als wären Tiere Dinge, die man beliebig wegwerfen kann!). Und, ja, das Militär, vor allem USA!, an das ich vor dem Video mit Erwin Thoma nie gedacht hätte! Und die Mode, Betonhäuser hinzustellen als Normalding. Auch daran hatte ich vorher nicht gedacht! Ich selber bin in einem Fachwerkhaus aufgewachsen und lebe jetzt in einem Steinhaus, Gott sei Dank.

Naja, soweit erstmal für heute.

Ich hoffe, ein bisschen gezeigt zu haben, dass wir, in der besten Absicht, uns oft auf Teilwahrheiten fixieren und daraus versuchen, Lösungen zu finden, was zum Scheitern verurteilt ist. Mein Anliegen ist es, darauf aufmerksam zu machen, wenn Menschen reduktionistisch Entscheidungen treffen, wenn sie nicht genug Perspektiven berücksichtigen und, ganz allgemein, nicht unterscheiden können zwischen emotionale Panik und ruhigem, weisen Überlegen.

My experience with communist countries


I lived in West Berlin from 1972 to 1984 as a (West German) university student.
Life in the West of the city was very particular, you could find everything, culture and nature. Cultural experiments all over the place, experimental theatres etc. alongside with traditional rituals like the Christmas market in the (then) centre at the ruin of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche. It was exciting and rich, vibrating and colorful. An optimistic response for the fact that we were surrounded by the East.

In West Berlin you could get everywhere with public transport – although sometimes with 20 minutes or more waiting in a freezing night, and you could bike on extra lanes. And if you had a car it was pretty easy to get everywhere – except to the east part, obviously.

Two underground lines passed under the East territory and it was ghostly when the train slowed down at the closed stations. There was dimmed light and armed police wandering around. I was always happy to come out on the other side again. It was a dark feeling of danger and oppression, also when we went from West Berlin by the mandatory and guarded highways to West Germany, which we did very often.

Several times a year we went to East Berlin, mainly for attending theatres. There was the famous Brecht Theatre “Am Schiffbauerdamm” and the “Komische Oper” with his artistic director Felsenstein who experimented a new style of opera in which the singers were really actors and not just standing around singing as it was normal in the past.

It is right what other contributors said: West Berlin was shiny and tried to show up as a brillant city while East Berlin was grey and monumental in the “new center” with the ugly expression of socialist art and architecture. In those times all money was directed to the capital to give the impression to foreign visitors that East Berlin was a thriving city – and East Germany a normal country. That it was certainly not and you could see it in many ways: the full supermarket in East Berlin with dozens of shelfs of THE SAME product, the strange atmosphere everywhere, including in the almost not existing restaurants or cafés where you were treated like sheep, The big Dom (=main cathedral) without the vault and pigeons living in it and only a few meters from the main “tourist” areas: houses which were about to fall apart and full of projectile holes in the facade.

I knew also Leipzig, a major city further south and the difference to East Berlin was enormous. Let alone small cities or villages. You must have seen it to really get a feel how communism has destroyed everything. When I visited Albania in the early 90ties I knew already from East Germany how things look like in such a country. But Albania, then, was a real big shock, and East Berlin and East Germany seemed to me a paradise in comparison to Albania. The poverty and destruction was unbelievable – and what I am hearing the same is now going on in North Korea, even maybe worse, although WORSE is really hard to imagine when we are used to our 21st century civilization.

Coming back to East Berlin. Every time we went there was connected with fear: You and your car were controlled thoroughly, both ways, in and out. It could take an hour or more and you never knew if you would be back home that evening because they could find something or invent something to keep you as a prisoner. (It happened to a friend of mine who, after a year or so, was BOUGHT back into freedom by our government).

Every time when you entered East Berlin you had to pay quite a sum for the visa and you had to exchange money 1:1 (although the real value was around 1:4) which, additionally, was hard to spend in one day only as there was hardly anything to buy which you would also want to buy. I myself bought musical scores, whatever they had, not knowing if I ever would use them. Those I actually needed were not available with 95% probability.

You had to spend all the East money before going back to the West – as if anybody wanted the cheap and worthless aluminum coins on our side of the city! You could get into trouble if you had forgotten to get rid of the east-money before entering the control section. Totalitarian regimes create an intolerable climate! Anyways, I came to assemble quite a library of musical scores which, later on, I actually used and was happy about that as they cost much more in the West and also today.

Summary: It is no joke to be in a totalitarian police state, not as a visitor and not at all as a resident. Observing present revivals of totalitarian movements on the right AND on the left make me fear that the lesson of 20th century communism and its bloody and oppressive impact on millions of people is already forgotten and people who promote neo communist ideas haven’t learned anything from history. These are not situations in which ANYONE wants to live in, except the very few who are in power!

So, please, don’t adhere to totalitarian movements which see only black and white! This is the beginning of totalitarianism.

I published this article in December 2017 at Quora on the question: What were the differences between east and west Berlin during the period of the Berlin wall?

Jordan Peterson – Integral and not only for young men!

Ken Wilber interviewed about Jordan Peterson: a confirmation

When I came across Jordan Peterson, I was struck by his knowledge, bravery and ability to convey his ideas in a way which seemed “integral” to me. The integral community widely ignored Peterson at that time and I started to talk about him, with some success with people who actually took the time to listen what he was saying. The main message I got: Peterson is somewhere first tier, at best orange, probably blue – as he is focused of helping people to get some order into their lives -, but integral?

The Jeff Salzman, a highly esteemed integral podcaster, tooted into the same horn, to my surprise. I wrote two responses to him as an open letter, sent it also personally to him. (You can find them below)

I never got an answer. Why not? I guess that he hadn’t actually listened to enough of Peterson’s videos and made his judgement on an incomplete picture. No problem, we all learn more and more in time.  Later, when he was interviewed by Rebel Wisdom, he already spoke a little differently. (https://youtu.be/hfJbrS75_Gs).

What a satisfaction for my little ego when the last video of Rebel Wisdom came out, where Ken Wilber is interviewed about Jordan Peterson.  https://youtu.be/bDjCnFvz11A  Ken says right away: Jordan is a INTEGRAL THINKER.  I was right and so was Mark with whom I had watched about a hundred of Peterson’s videos and had talked them over together. Finally the pro-con-conversations in the forums can get less derogative, hopefully acquire a little more appreciation for the enormous good work which Peterson has done – even if he doesn’t yet get far enough in some of his considerations, as Ken remarks.

Fact is that once, after the debate Peterson – Harris, I had written to Peterson and suggested to look into the integral roadmap. I felt that he was spending too much energy on exposing the differences by wanting to be right. This would become obsolete when he had seen that both of them were talking the about  the same thing, but from the perspectives of different quadrants. If they could see that, they would realize that they were more agreeing than disagreeing. Too bad that neither of them knows about Ken’s map. It would be very helpful for both of them and sharpen their message a lot. Also here: no answer. People are too busy I guess.

Ken Wilber and Jordan Peterson. Both have changed my life deeply, the way I see the world, myself and other people. Looking back in my life, these two men have had the biggest impact on me and my understanding of life on this planet. I am deeply grateful and happy that they are keeping up their good work in complementary to each other, each one covering important aspects, often overlapping, sometimes with different emphasis on different areas. Both together give a truly comprehensive picture of reality, in my opinion and in my own experience. THANK YOU! M

LIFE: Seeing the bigger picture

Our life’s journey starts with the moment of birth, but probably with the moment of conception or even before when we adhere to the respective beliefs. When it actually starts is not so important, but the events and experiences it is filled with are weaving our life story to a more or less complex net of moments and our response to them.

The impact of childhood

In the first years of life we are almost entirely dependent on somebody who cares for us, feeds us and teaches us what to think and to say and how to behave in our special environment. Growing up we slowly liberate ourselves from this dependance, hopefully. From the very first moments of our existence we experience the world with our senses. Our psychology forms accordingly. Who had good experiences in early life normally grows up more easily into an adult human being than those of us who were exposed to physical or emotional hardship or even intentional malevolence. But it is not always so. The question arises: Why do some people, who have suffered a lot, have so much difficulty in life and even destroy it and the life of others, while others who had experienced similar situations grow up and become wise and altruistic?

Despite the validity of the law of cause and effect, the answers are not so blatantly easy. Apart from the genetic material and the psychological fields of our ancestry which we bring into the world, there seem to be many other factors in play which people have tried to figure out for a long time. The question: What is LIFE and what makes it meaningful? What is our predisposition, what are our unconscious orientations and our conscious influences?

Typologies

The idea of looking for similarities and collect them into typologies is equally ancient, but only in the last few centuries, typologies have been studied more in depth. They provide a map where you can find the similarities and differences of people and make some good prediction for the thoughts and behaviours of those who belong to a determinate category.

They exist, if you like it or not

I know, some people will protest now, even vehemently, because they don’t like the idea of humans being categorized, because they believe in the absolute individuality of every single human on earth. Well, this is also true, but partial, as everything we talk about in our quest for truth and wisdom. We all are individual souls in individual bodies, but it is also true that you can make good distinctions and find a certain number of sufficiently different “boxes” where you can put yourself in and those around you, with a certain probability of getting it right.

Examples

I give you an example: Many years I did an experimental course of the Enneagram. For several years we came together, 10 days every time, hundreds of interested people, and by a variety of exercises we were encouraged to find out ourselves to which type we belong. When we then met in the subgroup of people who identified with the same type as you, the surprise was huge: What everyone of us thought to be a specific trait of our own personality revealed to be exactly the same among all of us. Good-bye my belief in the individuality of myself! There were people who behaved and felt exactly like myself! Wow!

Another example are the levels of personal development: As a child we think and behave different than in adult life. I think there is common agreement here. But how is that different? And did you think and believe the same things when you were 20, 40 or 60? Probably not. In my life I have observed so many changes in what I thought about life, about myself and about others, about society, politicians, doctors. The list is endless. There are people who never change their mind – and also that is an indicator for the level in which they live their lives in. We are growing through many levels, if our development is healthy. A good source to learn about that is Spiral Dynamics, and even better Integral Theory which includes Developmental Psychology.

Our life experience is impersonal

We still might think that is is just us who have the fortune – or misfortune – to change our attitude to life and to the world. But it is definitely not. We grow up in a predictable way, nothing really special about every single one of us – while we are totally special in HOW we grow up inside ourselves, in HOW we express our type in the world, how we act now and in the future and how we see and integrate our past.

Our personal life experience is rich in its actual expression, but it is totally impersonal as category of experience. Everybody experiences the same things in life, childhood, growing up, pain and frustration, sexuality, bonding, interests in something, joy and sadness, illness and death. We add our personal flavour to all that, we live these things in different settings and with different “colors”, but the experiences themselves are profoundly impersonal in the sense that they are the ingredients of human life, the consequence of our sensory equipment, of our ability to think and to desire, our innate urge to live the life we are given.

We are actors on the stage of LIFE

It really helps when you are aware that your personal drama has nothing really to do with you as an individual, but that it is playing out in your body, mind and spirit, as you are a player in the big game of life and you have to play that special role on the stage, where you are one of the innumerable actors.

Getting emotional – what about and how?

Humans are emotional beings. Although we know that, we do very little to increase our emotional competence, even today, after all the insights of the postmodern culture. So should we be more emotional and behave in emotional ways? Let’s think about it.

History

In early stages of cultural development, in feudal societies in the past and today, being emotional and impulsive is completely normal. If somebody doesn’t behave the right way, others, who are or believe to be more powerful or stronger, don’t think twice before the push a knife between your ribs or torture you to death. They can bring forth some rationalisations about why they do it: because you have offended someone, worldly powerful people, the representants of God on earth, or just a strong guy in the subway This is enough for an ego-centered human being to justify his attack on you, even if it kills you. No problem.

Humanity made huge efforts to contain this raw power and impulsiveness in humans by teaching them rules about the value of life and that nobody has the right to kill another human being. Well, although well embodied in Western cultures, people still find a work-around to passionately fight and kill others by declaring “the other” inferior, not a real human being. Thus in totalitarian regimes people with the inclination to act out their aggressiveness get a justification of doing “the right thing” by ways of their inhuman ideology.

Suppressing emotions

Certainly, the expression of the emotions channeled by rules of behaviour can also lead to their suppression. But at least people can live together relatively peaceful, without killing each other because of a wrong word or a unfortunate action. The rise of science and technology or the battle for success in direct competition wouldn’t have been possible with everyone expressing directly their anger or contempt. Only with the rise of the postmodern age, people realised their being cut off from their emotions and they claim them back. And that is good.

Handling emotions well

Now, how will we express our emotions today, after we have  -to our surprise-, re-discovered that we have them,? Shall we go back and fight against anybody who “hurts our feelings”? Or have we grown into something more sophisticated? Have we learned when to show our emotions, why and how? This is certainly a question where everyone has to find their own answers. Here is where “emotional intelligence” comes in: Learning to handle the own emotions wisely. Not suppressing them, realising that they are there, but remaining their master. With other words: having the decision power if we express them and, if we chose to do so, in what form.

Which emotions are culturally accepted

When a man is in tears in a public setting, there will still be those who consider that as weakness, but others recognize it as strength to be in contact with the feelings and express them even when the culture has different norms. When a woman is openly aggressive, well, that is not yet seen as desirable, and it probably isn’t. Not because she is a woman, but open aggressive behaviour is ugly in both men and women. When a woman gets angry, that can be the result of a long struggle to integrate anger and to unlock it from the substitute feeling of sadness, which culture had allowed for women in former times, but not anger.

The power of genuine emotions

In my life as a women brought up in a conservative world, anger and aggressiveness was not appreciated although it happened to me in my attempted defense against two older brothers. Later in life I discovered that genuine anger is a good tool to make myself understood. When  a hunter shot his bullets in a way that I heard them fall on my roof, I ran up the hill and shouted on him so that he never came back. I must have developed the quality of the Goddess Kali, I was glad of my success and knew there was a “secret weapon” in genuinely expressed anger.

Becoming passionate

I don’t use my anger very often, but sometimes I really get triggered and cannot allow that stupidity is declared as truth about the world – as happened to me a few days ago in a conversation circle. In these cases, I always have the choice to stay silent or to interfere. When I decide to speak up, my passion can be clearly understood, although the words might not be. Maybe that  I become so passionate about hearing things from the mouth of others which I believed time ago myself and of which I have now understood how ignorant, even stupid and dangerous they are?

The necessary learning

Well, there are still many things to learn: how to be passionate and clear at the same time? How to use the right words and not fall into old competitive behavior, how to measure the amount of emotion to express and when to stop. All things which virtually everybody of us has still to learn, independent if they are grown in a traditional household, or in a modern or a postmodern one. In all of these settings there are tabus around feelings, there is suppression of certain feelings and favorisation of others. Until we become masters in living our feelings without being lived by them, much water will still run down the river, as we say in Germany.

 

What world-changers should know if they want to find solutions instead of being part of the problem.

Good will and engagement is not enough

There are so many people in the world right now who are deeply concerned about our planetary future and who are willing to dedicate their energy into collaborating for change. They are working hard and often come up with some sort of solution, which might work, but often it doesn’t. Why?

Most people live in a preconceived idea of what reality is. Some are working on the material side of reality, others believe that spiritual work can resolve all problems, or psychological support, education, the never ending lists. We are deeply divided in our ideas what is needed, what values should be held high, in what areas we should invest energy and money. More often than not we ignore or even dismiss the attempts of others for change. The world is a mess, change makers too, unless…

The need to see more and better

What is needed is an overall view, a meta perspective, a framework where everyone can locate themselves and see and appreciate where the others are. Collaboration otherwise remains merely wishful thinking. This framework exists for more than 2 decades, but strangely remains widely unnoticed and unheard by otherwise well meaning people. They want to act their own way, they donÄt want to invest the necessary time to really understand reality in all its aspects. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know where you are and what tools you have before you blindly engage in actions of which you only BELIEVE that they are good and useful?

Beginning to understand the complexity

Whenever I talk about Ken Wilber and Integral Theory, most people listen politely but don’t get the importance of first getting involved in understanding it before acting blindly in the world. When I began to understand the map of reality provided by Ken, it felt like an enlightenment finally I could understand things which before I considered crazy, un-understandable, absurd and gave me the “right” to blame others for what they are and what they think. Today I might not like certain people or what they say and do, but I understand their way of seeing the world. I can understand that for them the are doing the right thing out of their limited way of understanding reality and I don’t need to blame them anymore – albeit I might chose to not collaborate with those whose worldview is incompatible with my values.

Will you begin?

Ken Wilber, for most of his life didn’t appear in Public very much, he was busy writing his many books and of fighting a severe autoimmune illness by which he almost died for several times. He is still alive and now is coming out to connect with the audiences. He has become more able than before to use “normal” language to explain his concepts and to be visible as a human being, not only as a very gifted philosopher who has clearly seen the complexity of the world and its problems and who has laid out a map for effectively meeting them.

You will be surprised when you begin to see the bigger picture

My message to you, all you well-meaning change-makers: Do take the time to learn about Wilber’s map of reality, learn that you cannot just consider a part and work there while ignoring the other parts. Learn what you are ignoring so far, because it won’t be obvious to you that you are missing out on some important aspects. Here is a conversation with Ken, quite down to earth and pretty understandable, if your personal journey has brought you to the edge of complex understanding. If it can lead you to explore more about the integral map then you certainly will be enabled to become part of the solution instead of perpetuating the problems by your ignorance.

Below an interview with Ken Wilber which allows you to get a glimpse of who he is and what he has created for the benefit of all who want to really live for a change towards a better world. It is long, but ever more pleasant to listen to the longer you stay!

A sort of journaling

Is it journaling when you bring into words a story which revisits the past and puts it into perspective? Probably it is some sort of long-term journaling, if any, not the immediate testimony of what is going on today in the inside and outside world. Nonetheless, the memories form into text TODAY, I was writing today what went through my mind for a long time. So maybe it is already that what Tuyet mentioned in her comment on Facebook to my post yesterday. She wrote: “I would want my private inner experience to be like germinating seeds needing a safe nourishing environment to develop into the fullest potentials and then they are fully matured and sturdy enough to be shared in the world.”

Here what I wrote in preparation for my e-book as legacy for my husband Mark Davenport:

Mark and his daughters

I think it was Mark’s loving kindness which led him into the trap of a borderline personality as second wife with whom he had two daughters. If you know a little about borderline then you can understand how difficult it is to survive that as a psychologically not yet fully grown up person and even more difficult, or even impossible, to become a responsible parent in this kind of setting. The experience with a borderline partner connected me and Mark in a deep understanding of the danger we were in, the risk of accepting their projections, their attribution of their own craziness to us.

Anyways, I had a huge admiration for Marks daughter Lillian who reached out to him years after he had been kicked out of the family. She wanted to have her father back as an adult and both developed a fine and mutually respectful relationship. Mark was very happy about that, he traveled with Lillian and they were in constant contact even when far away. Lillian’s sister Claire had some contact with Mark when she was at University in the neighborhood of Mark and his third wife, but after that no deeper relationship developed. He was very sad about that, he observed her doing via Facebook, but he didn’t want to press her into something she obviously wasn’t willing to live with him at that moment.

When I got to know Mark, Lillian had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Whenever he spoke about her, a veil of sadness came over him. He knew what cancer means. He had survived a cancer on his vocal cords, but this illness is brutal. He should finally fall  prey of it himself.

In the summer of our marriage in San Diego, I did my Feminine Power Training in Los Angeles while Mark went to see Lilian. In autumn of that year she came to see us in Italy with her husband Mihai. Those were lovely two weeks together. The cancer was present, visible in her special diet and also in conversations, but she was hopeful and emanated positivity and joy to be with Mark and me. I had been given a daughter in her, I liked her very much.

Mark and Lillian But the cancer continued its cruel route, her years or even months seemed to be very limited. In spring Mark and I went to Chicago to be with her, to lend a hand for taking care of her. Now the effect of the cancer and the aggressive treatments and medications were blatantly visible. It was heartbreaking to see her body deform and her regressing into a little girl so often during these days. She had been such a vigorous, positive and courageous woman before!

To watch his daughter decay and finally die was very hard for Mark. She practically was the only one he had in his close family bonds, he loved her dearly and he couldn’t do anything for her, not even now as a conscious and really grown up adult. He had to surrender to her death. Maybe it started then, that his unconscious prepared for his own death and laid the seeds for his own illness and decay? Nobody knows, not even himself. But certainly it was a shock for him in the sense that he dived deeper and deeper into the research about life and death. His interest in conscious ageing was certainly a consequence of that.

Heidi and ClaireMark was about to fly back to Chicago a few weeks later. In the morning of his departure from Rome he got the notice that Lilian had died the night before. I can only imagine what that meant for him. At the funeral he met his daughter Claire after a long time and he was really happy about that. They had found a new way of relating and Mark hoped that their relationship would develop into something beautiful from then on. But it didn’t happen. Claire told me why, when she came to see me in July. Mark had passed shortly before and they didn’t have the chance to reconnect in love and friendship. The day of his passing we had scheduled a skype call with Claire, Mark had been very happy about that, but he died a few hours before the appointment.

Some things in life cannot be repaired, some things we can only let go and find our peace. I am sure that Mark had found a way to do that, and Claire, the only remaining offspring of that Davenport family, seems to have entered her way to peace and wisdom, too.

Exactly three months after Mark’s death, Claire and Mihai and myself came together to record a conversation for the Wisdom Factory series “Conscious Living, Conscious Dying”, where we shared our experience with accompanying a loved family member in their death process, in memoriam of Mark and his daughter Lillian.

Journaling interests and everyday life