Reviving Schaeuble’s Augean Stables?

The other day, I was writing in a mail to colleague, saying I would soon send some comments on what had been suggested to be the great vision on E future ! A very stimulating document ! the White Paper on the future of Europe announced here, actually not agreeing with such an assessment. In that mail … Continua a leggere

academics making life difficult ?

Making life difficult by complicated, complex thoughts …! – This is the image academics have the bear with quite often – the absent-minded professor is the common proposition. So the scene: Imagine there is a train station, you receive a mail message on the phone and it is important enough to receive immediate attention: you … Continua a leggere

Strange … – or simple alienation

Walking along, moving on a narrow lane, along a wide line – wide, as in the Russian term Ясная Поляна, which cannot be translated , with its inherent link to wide and bright … white …, as witty? .. Imagine it is not an imagination but you move in a space that really transcends time and you and you live … Continua a leggere

suicides, murders … and no gravediggers???

Or: the Loneliness of the Scientist, While Trying to Escape the Murderers It is remarkable I think – especially as it is one of these issues we all know, and state repeatedly. It is about the political animal – explored in Aristotle’s Politics -, and the not less important aspect, highlighted by Marx in The Grundrisse, … Continua a leggere

Davos these days …

… even today, it seems that little changed since I visited it as child. Looking at it, even some of the old impressions return … – a smallish village, a nit drowsy in the middle of the Swiss mountains. This way, it also reminds these days a bit of a tiny village in …, well, the … Continua a leggere

The Three Wise Monkeys of our Age

Indeed, stunning and beautiful, Harbin Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival but perhaps also showing some danger of our times … of celebrating the cold … … leaving us without words, forgetting the warmth of words and pushing us into the standards of the new world, mentioned by Lewis Mumford, talking in his book an The Myth … Continua a leggere

The Windfall of Security …

It had been a quick trip, probably a 3/3 trip: 2 days going there, 2 days working, 2 days return trip. While travelling, I am marking student’s essays and still preparing a tomorrows 8 hours lecturing – don’t say “hard working”, it is not least about gaining time to have the day of return free … Continua a leggere

Merry Go Around

Yes, it is the time of the year again … – the time to get easily mixed up, or mixing up things and times when Mary goes around, making us thinking Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me but I could’ve sworn Merry Christmas I meant …, it is the time of joy and … Continua a leggere

living and being lived …

Without doubt, a great piece Turandot, Prinzessin von China Friedrich Schiller Ein tragikomisches Maerchen nach Gozzi – though personally I found the presentation too stagy. The core remans unchanged and valid Turandot. Prinz, noch ist’s Zeit. Gebt das verwegene Beginnen auf! Gebt’s auf! Weicht aus dem Divan! Der Himmel weiss, dass jene Zungen luegen, Die mich der … Continua a leggere

indeed the gigantic side of life

dealing in such a strong way with with its weakness: