Once again the time of “chaos”
Now I don’t know whether “we” would all like to spend “our vacation” on a lonely island with Herr Reichelt, or what people tend to imagine in “Bild”. But maybe the editors mean it metaphorically once more, as is customary among people who were already popes and world champions, refugees and refugee victims, pensioners and pension fraudsters, and all at the same time.
Of course I don’t mean a real one, that is, a state of anomie, chaos, misery and disorder. I mean: the time of the word “chaos”. In addition to the recently prominent term “vaccine muffle”, “government chaos” is my current favorite word, especially when it comes from chats, forums, broadcasters and editorial offices where notoriously nobody knows why the coffee machine is not working, since when the copier has been broken, when Ms. Meier comes back from vacation and whether there is a works meeting on the Friday after next or not.
Just a few chunks of memories: vaccination chaos, corona chaos, kitachaos, mask chaos, traffic chaos, snow chaos, heat chaos, rain chaos. Government chaos, church chaos, virology chaos, care chaos, pension chaos, migration chaos, vacation chaos. One could now assume that a people that has survived so much chaos since 70/71 and wreaked even more, has developed a certain routine of serenity, or shall we say: the self-confident identity.
Instead, you have to talk to Dr. Let Gauland say that for natural reasons one should first vaccinate the Germans among the German population, a proposal that reveals a really remarkably intelligent virus control strategy. Meanwhile, Friedrichshain special mission writers believe that the world must end if everyone is not read in some way on the spot, preferably themselves.
Do you already know how high the interest rate for ten-year real estate loans at Kreissparkasse Borken will be at the time of refinancing a single-family home in Dahlem? Is there someone from the investigative department already on it? And what other fights do we have? Let me think! Candidate for Chancellor at the FDP, candidate battle in the Sauerland. Jogi’s legacy: Maybe someone without a hairstyle again, but with a hat. And why not actually Steffi Jones? I hear a loud silence from the ranks of people who are read as women!
Resignation of the government: a super proposal! Or at least a “question of trust”! Then the hard-working MPs from (alphabetically) AfD, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and FDP can think twice about whether they trust the government. Presumably some of them could do a lot better, and when Ms. Baerbock is finally Chancellor, one can look forward to the extremely informative government statements and the important speeches by opposition leader Weidel. Then the vaccination chaos will finally move forward, and people will buy fewer fitted kitchens, less furniture and fewer country houses, but billions of electric bicycles and sales bargains and rhinestones and jeans whose knees have been torn by human hands that were previously read as women’s hands .
The Germans have remained essentially optimists
But let’s be serious: It is astonishing and pleasing how quickly the German people have weaned themselves from Mrs. Melania and her yellow lion consort. A year ago you would have thought that it would go on forever: three hours of discussion every day as to whether Mr T. is half stupid or completely stupid. And now: Melania a dwarf next to Meghan! Eternal peace on the Mexican border! Rust Belt cheers! America: where is that?
This can now be seen as a cheeky misjudgment of the dark reality or as irresponsible whitewash. But you don’t have to. If you think about how often in the last ten years the imminent end was announced and then exchanged for another within six months, you could feel a little cheerful. Especially since it is spring and, viewed in sunlight, it really doesn’t matter whether you hide your Easter eggs in the meadow near Palma or behind the bush in the Eifel.
I am also sure that the people who are read as children will neither perish nor despair of the Covid epidemic, and they will not become ten million severely disabled people. Take care of them whenever you can, always a little more than your new cell phone; then it will be fine.
Confidence in yourself and others
Why, one wonders, should the greengrocer on the corner know what the radishes will be like in three years’ time? And why should Mr Laschet know how high the Covid incidence is in June? And why should anyone be obliged to prophesy to the adult, healthy, self-determined, well-educated and experienced inhabitants of Germany when which events will occur, which depend on them, and on which dates something could be allowed or forbidden to them, so that they can safely do what the subsequent ban makes inevitable until the last day?
That is to say: If we are a people of people whose “identity” is the highest of the Ten Commandments, whose self-determination is the most important and whose feeling is the strongest ever measured on the Richter scale: then that always applies to everyone else too. And then there is actually no reason to hope for the bliss from the Federal Minister of Health and the inner order of souls from the law and regulation gazette.
In addition to all the beautiful new words for very old things that you have to know and use now, “resilience” is a rather older word, but it can also be suitable for new things. It means something like the ability to trust yourself and others, and is often combined with the insight that responsibility for yourself is more useful than lamentation in most crises. And now you come!
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Germany corona crisis stay optimist Column Thomas Fischer