A German socialist in a capitalistic world
It might be a strange title, but I will go back a bit in history to tell you a shortcut about German history. In 1949 the allies divided Germany into two major parts. The BRD (Bundes Regierung Deutschland) was under the support of the American side and the DDR (Deutsch Demokratische Republik) led by the Russian system. In 1961, both parties agreed to establish a physical wall. The German border was born. With over 1400km in total, it set the milestone to divide Germany for a long time. On the historic day 9th of November 1989, protesters in Berlin started to demolish the wall. A new area was born.
Is the wall gone
In 2022, 33 years were gone after the wall had been removed except for some memorial parts. That means that the wall is now gone longer than it exists. In my opinion, just the physical wall. There is also clear evidence that Germany is yet, divided. It is common to use west and east in the news language. OK, you might say that’s a big country, and also other countries use that language. Fair enough, but what about the difference in salary, study fees, or pension between east and west? I have had hard times living in such a weird system, so I moved away.
My German teacher
It took me 15years after I left high school to discover my fascination with cultural differences. What happened? I’ve been 13years old, and I just started high school in my hometown. My first class in German appeared, and we introduced each other. Suddenly, the teacher went to me and said, `oh, you are Ben, I also taught your mum in class.` Everyone was laughing, so did I, not knowing what this little introduction meant to me for a lifetime.
Maybe you can guess, but my mum grew up in Marxist-Leninist socialism. In other words, she grew up in communism, and so did my teacher. Praying all the politically correct values to the innocent students. With the union in 1990, only one flaw appeared in a completely different political structure in Germany: democratic federalism. All the teachers undergo a complete change in mindset and values. But did they? I would say no. Some good ones changed or did something else. But if you teach the same stuff for 20years. It’s in your blood. In my high school time, it was less about the real capitalistic world and that a single person has to find their way. Give the right tools to ask the right questions and be aware that it’s all about Business. No! It was about the state and the community. A single individuum should not become so much power.
Where the struggle begins
I’m pretty sure that there are only a few good education systems, and many students aren’t prepared for the world after school. But my interest and future research will target east German and their teacher. I had a hard time adapting to university time and even worst in the work environment. `People are only about money and status. No one seems to care about the community and social interaction, but this is what I was taught and believed. As I grew older and did more personal development, I understood that I was equipped with the wrong set of skills. It felt like eating soup with a fork. You can do it, but it’s exhausting.
I became a Master Capitalist
Indeed, I did not. Even though I started my own company and I’m naturally interested in new knowledge and information, it doesn’t suit my personality. We could begin to now a massive discussion about behavioral education as a child/student, but maybe some natural rules correlate with socialism.
I believe in the good of people and that we are social animals. So building communities is our natural flow. We need other people to survive. But my secret wish in this world is that more people start to give. I like the concept of helping each other, and yes, you are allowed to receive help if you offer support. But we have to stop the ego-focused society where it’s only about I and I and I and I.
As a young student, I was full of dreams and wishes -dreams and wishes from a society where I didn’t grow up. Now, I’m certainly aware that I will not become a millionaire with a yacht in Monaco. I was never equipped with the right skills.
But! I will use my learned skills and my personality to make as many friends in this world as I can fit. I will help people find their trained skills and personality traits to create a happy and fulfilled life. That is my mission in life.
I’m aware that this article contains some stuff for discussion, and I’m open to any comments.
Maybe you can also relate to your trained skills that don’t fit into your life.
Thanks for reading, and I wish
All the best