What's great about the world today
In what kind of world we want to live?
A little warning about the intro: This post is very likely to raise more questions than it answers 😉
There is one topic that has been with me for some time: perception. Again and again I am fascinated by how differently each of us perceives the world in which we live. Each of us lives in our own world, which has arisen from our thoughts and experiences. And I love to get to know these worlds, because with every world I get to know, I learn something new.
But not only in real life do I encounter these exciting worlds that make me wonder, but also in the books that I read and so I'm in
Erich Fromm: The art of loving
encountered a world that preoccupied me so much that I want to write about it today.
When I read these words some time ago, I post-it them because they puzzled me. What I read there are, from Erich's point of view, the demands placed on a person in the middle of the last century.
Erich writes that modern capitalism needs people ...
- who work together smoothly and in large numbers.
- who want to consume more and more.
- whose taste is uniform and easy to control.
- who are always active and functioning.
When Erich published this in 1956, the world was very different from what it is today. The world is split in two. On the one hand capitalism, on the other hand socialism. Both systems are firmly convinced that they are the better system. Both systems strive to win the whole world for themselves and to defeat the other system.
While the two systems are waging a cold war with each other, Germany is experiencing an economic miracle. An economic miracle that does people very well after many hard years. The country is recovering from the warlike times. A lot of new things are created. This new is created by humans. People who receive good wages for creating something new. Good wages that they put into consumption.
The country is experiencing luxury for the first time in a long time, if not for the first time at all. Ordinary people suddenly have a house, a car and a well-paying job. The times when someone in Germany had to go hungry are over. There is full employment.
This is the time when Erich writes this book and what he writes about modern capitalism reflects what he sees in everyday life.
In my opinion, this requirement profile has not been appropriate for a long time. So much has happened in the last 70 years, so much knowledge has emerged that has changed the world massively. For my part, I live in a world in which people ...
- work together smoothly and in large numbers worldwide.
- want to consume less and less sustainably.
- Thanks to the internet, people's tastes are individual and diverse.
- More and more often ask themselves how they can create something good with their work.
I am absolutely aware that I live in a filter bubble in Berlin. The city is constantly changing. Districts that were no-go areas after reunification are now infinitely popular. People from all over the world live in Berlin, and meeting a native Berliner like me is now almost unusual. That makes the city infinitely colorful and, I think, beautiful.
Living in Berlin means that the whole world is just a stone's throw away. In addition, thanks to its start-up scene, Berlin is more willing to experiment than other regions. Many things that are supposed to conquer the world are being tested in Berlin. A Berliner no longer needs a car today, the next car or scooter sharing vehicle is usually only a few meters away. For those who want to protect the environment, there is of course the possibility of renting e-cars or bicycles for a short distance.
But it is not only this city that shapes my worldview, but also the filter bubble that I have been consciously and actively building for half a decade. I focus all my energy and time on the positive things that are going on in the world and block out the negative things. I don't want to know what's going wrong in the world, I want to pay attention to things that are going well, give them a stage and make my contribution to them growing and thriving. Because for my part I want to live in this world. In this world in which we use the knowledge and the possibilities at our feet and create the world in which we would like to live.
And because I am aware that my worldview is not "normal", I have a question for you: What is your image like? What do you think we need for people? What kind of world do you want to live in?
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