I need to resist going into the code of my Hugo theme to enable a feature I’d like for a certain post on my blog. It will have to work without it. Not as nice, but also not the end of the world… maybe later.

I‘m struggling to find the right balance between publishing and keeping things private… It would be helpful in a way, but at times the internet is not my favorite place.

We Are the 87%

The result of the election last Sunday was as I expected.

A far-right party is the third strongest party in the parliament now. Roughly 13% voted for them. Funny enough, they are the most successful in the areas with very few foreigners and refugees. I don‘t know why especially these people vote for more nationalism. The area where they are most successful is Saxony. I heard a radio interview, telling that an average kid in Saxony gets about 40 hours of political education during their time in school, starting at an age where many already left school. 40 hours of political education compared to an average of over 200 hours in the rest of Germany. This might not be the single reason, but it sure hints to a huge problem there. Of course there is a general problem in our country and the way some people think, and Germany isn‘t an exception… we see similar things for example in Hungary, Austria, France and of course the UK with its Brexit. It‘s a worldwide problem and it‘s unclear to me where all this will lead us.

I was very angry about those results. A few days passed now, but it’s still the same. And it will take some time to realize what all this means. But I do know that the other 87% in this country can’t sit around and do nothing. We have to show those 13% what a life in our times should look like and tell them that their hate speech and world view is unacceptable. This is not who we are; who we became. This is not what our history, especially as Germans, has told us. We have to fight for our democracy.

One of their (stolen) slogans is: „We are the people!“. Their main candidate after the election said: „We will take our nation and our people back! We will hunt Angela Merkel!“. And they have even more idiots shouting even more stupid things out of their mouths. Let me tell you this: we are not their people and this is not their country. They might try to ruin our country, but they will fail.

Star Trek: Discovery

I got to see the first couple of minutes of the new Star Trek: Discovery series. I didn’t hear a lot about it up until now, but I also wasn’t really searching for reviews or opinions. I was a huge fan of Star Trek when I was a bit younger. Deep Space Nine will forever be special to me.

I’m afraid. I will be very upset tonight. I don’t understand people…

Election Day

It’s Sunday, election day… and I’m scared. I’m afraid this might be a turning point for our lives here in Germany. It’s the election where an extreme right party might become the third strongest party in our parliament. The people in this party are among the worst our country brings forth. The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland – Alternative for Germany) and the whole movement behind it is horrifying. Lots of people will vote for them because they are not satisfied with the current government and politics in general. I’m afraid they have no idea what this party stands for or who the people are that run for it. The fascists, the nationalists the Neonazis… it’s horrifying. These people in our parliament is the worst that happened to our country since World War 2.

Those who vote for them will have to explain to our children what they did and why they looked away. „We didn’t know anything“ is no excuse this time. It’s just not. We know! And we have to do everything we can to prevent the world they want us to live in!

I hope the election will not turn out as everybody expects. I hope their influence will be low. I hope our future won’t be their future. I hope I won’t have to explain to my daughter some day why we went backwards in 2017 and why nobody did anything against it.

Finally I have some time to watch Rogue One. It’s been a while…