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The public stoning of Matt Taylor: We are better than this

The public stoning of Matt Taylor: We are better than this

It is true that there is a lot of bad stuff going on right now in the world. Whenever you watch the news you hear about wars, conflicts, economical problems and general hate around the world. So naturally I was very happy to hear good news for a change: The European Space Agency (ESA) managed to land a spacecraft named Rosetta on a comet! I don’t know if everyone realized how amazing this was but if you didn’t let me just tell you: This is amazing! Of course I was excited about this and wanted to inform me a bit about it, so I watched some reports on the television about it (thinking back, this was already a stupid idea). During one of those a female journalist interviewed young scientist Dr. Matt Taylor and instead of talking about his amazing accomplishment for humanity, he was accused of wearing a shirt that apparently was offensive against women. Few people actually know that he got this shirt from a female friend. Besides it is debatable if his shirt really was offensive: On it were pictures of women drawn in a cartoonish style who were, admittedly, scantily clad. You can of course argue about whether this shirt was appropriate to wear at work, but in my opinion if you helped to land a spacecraft on a comet which is hurtling through space at 135.000 km/h you can allow yourself some liberties.

„When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.“. I usually don’t quote Confucius but this time it just fits right in. These kind of stories make me feel ashamed of mankind. Not only were this man’s achievements completely ignored because of mere nothing but he was forced to publicly apologize for the shirt he chose to wear. The hatred towards him was so massive that he even had tears in his eyes while doing it. Congratulations dear „feminists“ for breaking this incredible human being who has done so much for all of us! What angers me even more is the hypocrisy of such acts: Can you imagine the shitstorm if the achievements of a female scientist would be ignored because of a piece of clothing she wore? Maybe you know these ads against rape were women hold signs saying „I didn’t ask for it“. I completely agree with this statement but please when you say you want equality then you have to admit: Matt Taylor didn’t ask for it either!

But see here comes another problem: There are feminists and there are „feminists“. True feminists want equality but in the true meaning of the word. They stand for good cause and I have absolutely nothing against them because they would never do something like what has happened to Matt Taylor. But in the past few years another movement has formed who call themselves „feminists“ but are in reality just spoiled women from the western world who don’t want equality at all but privileges and special treatment. They do exactly what real feminists would never do: Oppress and objectify the opposite gender. It is important that we make this difference and not just fall into a general hatred against all feminists because a small group of idiots decided to go by the same name. It is a very bad habit of humans to judge a whole group of people by the actions of a few. Just because ISIS call themselves Muslims doesn’t mean that every Muslim on Earth is a terrorist. Just because some idiots in America hate on gays and refuse to accept evolution doesn’t mean that every Christian on Earth is a narrow-minded bigot who lives in the past. Instead of hating the wrong people we should unite against the real bullies. Because when we learn one single thing from our time in school then it is that it doesn’t help to do nothing against bullies. If you simply give them what they want it is only a temporary solution but after some time they will come back. It is the same in real life: Let’s not accept what has happened to Dr. Matt Taylor and let’s not accept anything like this in the future. You cannot stay neutral in every conflict sometimes you have to choose a side, so let us all together choose the side of tolerance and love against intolerance and hate!

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Thanks a lot for reading this week’s post! I really appreciate every single reader and if you’re interested you can read some of my other articles as well. If you want you can share my posts with others I’d really appreciate it. You can also find me on Facebook as well as Twitter (@VitoVolpe9). I hope you have a great week and I see you next Sunday for an all new post in German or in two weeks for a new post in English!

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Verfasst von - 19. November 2014 in Gemischtes

 

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Richtig Spenden: Wie man wirklich hilft

Richtig Spenden: Wie man wirklich hilft

Ich war gestern zum Einkaufen in Trier und dort ist mir etwas aufgefallen über das ich heute reden möchte. Neben der bereits im großen Maße vorhandenen Weihnachtsdekoration, habe ich sehr viele Bettler in den Einkaufsstraßen der Stadt vorgefunden. Mit der Weihnachtszeit vor der Tür, öffnen sich üblicherweise die Herzen der meisten Leute und sie wollen helfen, immerhin ist Weihnachten das Fest der Liebe. Auch gestern schon konnte ich viele Leute beobachten die den Bettlern etwas gaben, jedenfalls mehr Leute als sonst. Ich bin absolut dafür, die Ärmeren unter uns zu unterstützen, aber es ist wichtig dass wir es richtig tun.

Zu Anfang erst einmal eine traurige Wahrheit: Viele der angeblichen Bettler, die wir in den Einkaufsstraßen der Großstädte vorfinden, sind überhaupt keine. Nicht dass es keine armen Teufel sind, die Hilfe bitter nötig haben, aber das Geld dass man ihnen gibt, wandert zum Großteil in die Taschen von reichen Hintermännern. Die Presse macht oft Gebrauch von dem Begriff „Bettelmafia“ um diese organisierte Bettelei zu beschreiben. Die Tricks sind eigentlich leicht zu erkennen, gerade diejenigen die das meiste Mitleid bei uns erwecken, gehören diesen Organisationen oft an. Wer kennt sie nicht, die Menschen die mit Hundewelpen oder kleinen Kindern auf der Straße sitzen und unser menschliches Mitgefühl wecken? Noch drastischer, aber dafür umso effektiver, wie auch die Hintermänner wissen: Menschen mit körperlichen Behinderungen, wie amputierten Armen oder Beinen oder manchmal auch angeblich taubstumme Jugendliche, die oft sogar auf einen zukommen und um Spenden betteln. Auch die äußerst aufdringlichen „Autoputzer“ die sich gerne an roten Ampeln aufhalten und dann ungefragt die Fenster der Autofahrer „reinigen“ um dann nachher abkassieren zu wollen, gehören dazu. Mit diesen miesen Tricks wird gezielt das Mitgefühl der Passanten erregt und dadurch, leider oft mit Erfolg, ihr Geldbeutel geöffnet. Nun da die Weihnachtszeit vor der Tür steht, wird sich diese Art von „Bettlern“ noch einmal deutlich vermehren und deshalb ist es wichtig die Nachricht an so viele Personen wie möglich zu verbreiten: Es ist gut dass ihr helfen wollt, aber wenn ihr diesen Leuten Geld gebt, helft ihr niemandem. Aber wie kann man den nun wirklich helfen?

Regel Nr. 1 haben wir gerade gelernt: Wenn ich helfen will, dann auf keinen Fall Bettlern auf der Straße Geld geben. Natürlich gibt es auch noch „echte“ Bettler, die wirklich Hilfe gebrauchen könnten, doch die Gefahr ist leider zu groß, dass dies eben nicht der Fall ist. Sicherer ist es, eine Spende an eine seriöse Hilfsorganisation zu machen, bei der man sich darauf verlassen kann, dass das Geld auch die richtigen Leute erreicht. In meinem Heimatland Luxemburg, gibt es beispielsweise die „Stemm vun der Strooss“, die sich um sozial benachteiligte Menschen und eben auch um Obdachlose kümmert. Ähnliche Organisationen gibt es in allen Ländern und eine Spende an diese ist niemals verloren. Dort wird das Geld genau für das genutzt wofür es nötig ist: Zur Unterstützung derer die es nötig haben. Ich weiß natürlich, dass wir es vorziehen unser Geld einem Bettler zu geben und ich weiß auch warum: Dadurch haben wir eher das Gefühl, geholfen zu haben. Wir sind nun einmal selbstzentrierte Wesen und wenn wir denjenigen sehen, dem wir nun scheinbar geholfen haben, fühlen wir uns besser, als wenn wir lediglich eine Überweisung auf das Konto einer Hilfsorganisation gemacht haben. Doch zum Wohle der Ärmeren die das Geld brauchen: Lasst uns richtig spenden und so wirklich einen Unterschied machen!

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Verfasst von - 16. November 2014 in Gemischtes

 

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Magical and green: St. Marguerite Island

Magical and green: St. Marguerite Island

While I was on vacation in Cannes for a week I visited St. Marguerite Island a small Island near Cannes which is part of a group of Islands called the Lérins Islands (Îles de Lérins in French). Even though I visited Cannes regularly since I was born (the first time my parents brought me here I was barely a few months old) I never visited neither St. Marguerite nor St. Honorat which is the other big island of the group. A few years ago I visited St. Honorat for the first time and was fascinated by what I saw. St. Honorat has since the fifth century been home to a community of monks and is named after its founder Saint Honoratus. I will come back to St. Honorat in a future post though since today I want to focus on St. Marguerite which I visited for the very first time this week.

General information and history

St. Marguerite is approximately 3 km in length and 900 m across and is first known to have been inhabited during Roman times, then known by the name Lero (while St. Honorat was known as Lerina). The island was probably renamed by crusaders, in honor of Saint Margaret of Antioch. During the Thirty Years‘ War the Spanish took the islands from 1635-1637 until Richelieu sent a fleet which reconquered the islands.

Legends

St. Marguerite is home to a variety of different legends. One says that the legendary Man in the Iron Mask was once detained in a cell in the fort of St. Marguerite until his personal guard was transferred to become governor of the Bastille in Paris. Both of them left the island in 1698 and the legendary prisoner died in 1703.

Another legend says that Saint Honoratus actually had a sister named Marguerite who wanted to come visit him on St. Honorat. But since women weren’t allowed on this island Saint Honoratus promised his sister that he would come visit her once every year, when the almond trees bloomed. Not accepting that she could only see her brother once a year Marguerite prayed until all of a sudden on the island next to St. Honorat an almond tree grew which bloomed every month. The legend further says that Saint Honoratus had become much more open and less ascetic as a result of this miracle.

A third legend says that Saint Honoratus and his sister Marguerite had fought a dragon on the island who after he had been defeated by the Saints flew towards the continent to die in a place which is known today as Draguignan.

A last legend says that after Saint Honoratus arrived on this island he found it to be infested by snakes and to get rid of them he summoned a giant wave (because he’s just awesome like that) and managed to stand on top of it by holding on to a leaf of a palm tree. This after the legend explains also why the leaf of the palm tree is today the symbol of Cannes.

My visit and thoughts

Because I took the ship to the island at a pretty late time I didn’t have the time to explore the whole island I actually only saw a little part of it but I have to admit that I was very impressed by what I saw. The nature of this island is just gorgeous. It is all very wild and nearly untouched by humans (the forest on the island is also under protection by the government). The atmosphere on the island was very romantic and if I’ve had more time I would have loved to sit down on one of the stone benches and write a poem about it. On the island there is also some kind of lake which is completely surrounded by fences to protect the wildlife but you could observe it all from a distance and it was just absolutely astonishing. The pure peace that laid in this place, the silence which was only disturbed by the gentle swoosh of the waves just embraced my whole soul and for a little while I was taken in a complete state of rêverie just like the French writer Jean-Jaques Rousseau once described it. I’m looking eagerly forward to visiting this place again in the future but then a little bit earlier in the day.

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Verfasst von - 2. November 2014 in Gemischtes, Reisen

 

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