|Born in Berlin I grew up
in a small village with 600 residents. It was wonderful for me as
a child to run barefoot across the meadows and lawns and through the
woods. When we moved back to the metropolitan city I suffered. I missed
the nature so much, even though Berlin is supposed to be the greenest
city in Europe.
But I also felt that Berlin was too tight as in those times there
was still the Berlin wall. This means we always had to cross the GDR
“zone” before we could get out of there. I believe that
this gave rise to my joy to travel and to my aversion to arbitrary
restrictions of any kind.
My profession also caused that I have often been away and that I could
exchange my experience with many people of various nations. And although
there are many conflicts and fears, which seem to characterize our
time and which make it difficult to see beyond the end of one’s
own nose, we all are filled with the same:
Eventually, all of us look for the luck of love in our lives, no matter
to which religion or to which culture we belong. The beauty in the
manifestation of the variety, being different in being similar.
The separation that we believe to perceive and that surely can be
enforced by a misguided ego dissolves into nothingness, simply by
facing the other simple individual.
This I have experienced several times. Sometimes it takes time. All
of us have our protection - in layers or shells. We make use of them,covering
this that lives and loves in us. Very few are able to see through
them; Some people could not probably bear this, although they, too,
only want one thing: being loved.
But every now and then everybody succeeded in experiencing the essence
of the other, to touch it; and expanding these moments, making them
perceivable for longer and longer periods, this is a wonderful task,
in the truest sense of the word [ wordplay in German: the German word
for task is “Aufgabe”, which literally means “giving
Whatever you do, do it out of love, then it will be good.