The old do not understand what the young do. And because the elders have learned so many things in their long lives and know so much, and yet all this knowledge cannot really explain what the young do, the elders are at a loss for a moment. And then the old people explain that what the young are doing as nonsense.

The young themselves cannot really explain what they are doing, either. The young have not yet found the right words. Because it takes a long time to find the right words. Finding the right words to describe something new, something that did not even exist in the past, takes years and decades. So the young cannot yet have words to describe the new. But the young feel that what they are doing is not nonsense.

They just don’t have the words to explain to the monkeys, who need words to understand.



Die Alten verstehen nicht, was die Jungen machen. Und weil die Alten in ihrem langen Leben schon so viel gelernt haben und so viel wissen und all das Wissen trotzdem nicht recht erklären kann, was die Jungen machen, sind die Alten einen Augenblick ratlos. Und dann erklären die Alten das, was die Jungen da machen zu Blödsinn.

Die Jungen können auch nicht nicht so recht erklären, was sie da tun. Die Jungen haben noch nicht die richtigen Worte gefunden. Denn die richtigen Worte zu finden, um etwas neues, also etwas, was es vor kurzem noch gar nicht gab, zu beschreiben, dauert lange. Es dauert Jahre und Jahrzehnte. Die Jungen können also noch gar keine Worte haben, um das Neue zu beschreiben. Doch die Jungen spüren, dass das, was sie da machen, kein Blödsinn ist.

Sie haben nur die Worte nicht, um den Affen zu erklären, die Worte brauchen um zu verstehen.

Things Waiting

A few days ago a man in Lübeck walked through the pedestrian zone and suddenly laughed out loud.

How absurd!

All those shops. Everywhere things waiting to be needed. Everywhere houses with shop windows in which things are displayed, waiting for someone to come who wants them. And all the people who are busy draping things and placing them in pretty light – and who, along with the things, are waiting for someone to come who needs them.

Behind the shops there are storage rooms where more things are waiting, and behind the storage rooms there are warehouses, warehouses of wholesalers, warehouses of transport companies, warehouses of factories; everywhere people who are busy managing things that are waiting to be needed.

Instead of doing it the other way round. Starting with someone needing something. That a person becomes aware of needing something, a jacket or a computer for example, and then making the jacket or the computer and carrying it around. You wouldn’t need all those stupid houses where stuff is just sitting and waiting around.

And the people who spend their time putting the goods in a nice light, they could focus their attention on life instead of focussing on dead things.

People who pay attention to life would be able to know by themselves what they need. But since the vast majority of people do not know what they need, some item has to be constantly held in front of their faces:

It costs energy to permanently seduce people to buy things. You have to constantly present things in a beautiful light and praise them. Otherwise things will clog up warehouses, storage rooms and business displays. “Everything must go!” is written in big letters on posters, because space must be made for more things waiting for someone to come who needs them.

The man laughed for a moment and continued.


Die Dinge warten

Vor einigen Tagen ging ein Mann in Lübeck durch die Fußgängerzone und lachte unvermittelt auf.

Wie absurd!

All die Läden. Überall Dinge, die darauf warten, dass man sie braucht. Überall Häuser mit Schaufenstern in denen Dinge ausgestellt sind, die warten, dass jemand kommt, der sie will. Und all die Menschen, die damit beschäftigt sind, die Dinge zu drapieren und in hübsches Licht zu setzen – und die gemeinsam mit den Dingen darauf warten, dass jemand kommt, der sie braucht.

Hinter den Geschäften Lagerräume in denen noch mehr Dinge warten und hinter den Lagerräumen Lagerhallen, Lagerhallen der Großhändler, Lagerhallen der Spediteure, Lagerhallen der Fabriken; überall Menschen, die damit beschäftigt sind, Dinge zu verwalten, die darauf warten, gebraucht zu werden.

Anstatt es andersherum zu machen. Es damit anfangen zu lassen, dass jemand etwas braucht. Dass ein Mensch sich bewusst wird, etwas zu brauchen, zum Beispiel eine Jacke oder einen Computer und dann erst die Jacke oder der Computer herzustellen und durch die Gegend zu tragen. Man bräuchte all die blödsinnigen Häuser nicht, in denen Zeug unsinnig herumsteht und wartet.

Und die Menschen, die ihre Zeit damit verbringen die Waren in schönes Licht zu rücken, sie könnten ihre Aufmerksamkeit aufs Leben zu richten, statt auf tote Dinge.

Menschen, die ihre Aufmerksamkeit aufs Leben richten, wären aus sich heraus in der Lage zu wissen, was sie brauchen. Doch da die allermeisten Menschen nicht wissen, was sie brauchen, muss ihnen ständig irgend ein Ding vor die Nase gehalten werden:
“Haben wollen?”

Es kostet Energie permanent Leute zu verführen, Dinge zu kaufen. Man muss die Dinge ständig in schönem Licht darstellen und anpreisen. Sonst verstopfen die Dinge Lagerhallen, Lagerräume und Geschäftsauslagen. “Alles muss raus!” steht in großen Buchstaben auf Plakaten, weil Platz geschaffen werden muss für noch mehr Dinge, die darauf warten, dass jemand kommt, der sie braucht.

Der Mann lachte kurz und ging weiter.

How to overcome bullies

A bully can see the world from only one perspective, from its own. Therefore the bully has no doubt about what he or she sees. If the bully is talented to formulate his or her view, the bully becomes convincing for people who like to follow a leader.

Bullies need people who follow them.

People who have the talent to doubt will not follow a bully. The bully knows this and uses the people of doubt as targets. This makes him appear stronger in the eyes of his or her followers.

People who doubt have the talent to see things from more than one perspective. People who see more than one perspective doubt the bully and often doubt themselves. This makes them look weak and indecisive in the eyes of those who follow, compared to the force of the simple truth of a bully.

Recently I had an encounter with an intelligent bully. It went on for quite a while, but in the end I – we – succeeded.

What I learned – five rules to overcoming a bully

  1. Trust other people.
  2. Say what you see.
  3. Don’t be afraid that what you say doesn’t make sense to other people. Don´t simplifying just to tell a convincing story.
  4. Do not be afraid to say things that are not correct, but be aware that you might perceive things that are not correct.
  5. Listen to others. Most likely you can’t see all the relevant aspects yourself. Spend energy on understanding what others mean, even the tyrants themselves.

The key is communication. And remember, communication is not just speaking, the biggest part is listening.