Last year, in Cologne, a city that is particularly convinced of its own tolerance, there was a vigil held over the course of several months in front of the cathedral. Guess against what? You can well imagine: against the wall in Palestine. I lived for 23 years in Cologne, from 1958 to 1981. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961. In the 28 years from 1961 to 1989, there was not a single demonstration or vigil against that wall. Now there are demonstrations and vigils, because the wall that is meant to prevent terrorists from serially blowing up Israelis – that really pains the residents of Cologne. Such a reaction is truly nuts. It belongs to the domain of collective psychopathology.Always leery of people who, like the good Kölners here, pride themselves on their tolerance. Much prefer the word respect instead. Don't tolerate others. Respect them instead. It gives you a different perspective on other's circumstances and struggles. It's a simple choice of words that might keep you out the domain of collective psychopathology.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Transatlantic Inelligencer on what the Kölner Hold Dear
John Rosenthaler quoting Henryk Broder from Berlin's weekly Jungle World,