Markus is the most intelligent person I know, if not the most considerate. With the grace of a calm sea, he can listen to anyone’s argument, restate all the points better than you did, and explain all the concepts you missed while reassuring you that he understands why you thought that way to begin with. Oh,Continue reading “How to not win arguments”
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A quick thought on fear
I know this is the second “thought” post in quick succession, but while falling asleep last night I remembered something from my childhood: I could never sleep in the dark. My mind would fill it with all manner of things. The light in the hallway in front of my room would need to stay on.Continue reading “A quick thought on fear”
Whose Fault Is It?
No matter what happens, this tends to be the first thing everyone wants to know. Who messed up, who is to blame? Entire societies seem to revolve around it, including election campaigns. Why? What do we get from knowing whose fault something is?
“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others”. Winston Churchill’s words in the House of Commons from 11 November 1947 still ring true today. While democracy certainly solved many of the problems that plague other political systems, it still struggles with at least one: It only puts people in charge whoContinue reading “Fixing Democracy”
How much climate protection can we afford?
I read a headline rather similar to this in the German newspaper FAZ today. It’s a good article that refers to this letter of “Business Europe”, one of Europe’s most important industry conglomerates, to EU-Commission vice president and person responsible for the prestigious “European Green Deal” project, Frans Timmermans. The letter basically read: Climate protectionContinue reading “How much climate protection can we afford?”
The end of the world! (As we know it)
Comments abound these days of people touting the end of the world because of COVID-19. But I assure you, the world is doing just fine. Better than ever even. It is just us, humankind, that faces unprecedented challenges because of the pandemic. So, I wanted to list some things that I think are going toContinue reading “The end of the world! (As we know it)”