Stephan Egey wrote this essay in 1990. Stephan was much more intelligent than I am, he was gentle and very kind,

good-natured and creative. It makes me very sad that he is dead- I will always remember him !

 

You must know, dear Sir, that the philosophers have judged the human beings with many a measure, and have categorized time after time the sets of single people into
big and small groups, which behave in a broader respect as well as in detail similarly or even in the same way while they make their journey through life. Even though the voices of the philosophers, that sound from a large distance like a chorus,
split often up, if you listen more carefully, into differing or even contradictory voices,there is, by and large, a consent how the ways of the mortals should be.
The genuine nucleus, or, how some say, the essence of bein human, lies in irresolvably embracing the three fleeting boons of life, out of which mortality, the most certain one, is the final one that crowns and ends life.All acts and plans of the individual are limited and lost in time, and those are blessed, who can truely comprehend this fact and strip off all sadnes to merrily accept that life will elapse.The highest accomplishment that humans can reach is to enlighten and illuminate their surrounding and companions with the
harmony of their inner soul. However this humble refinement and perfection of their own self is being accoplished only by few people of every generation, for some the hubris that is innate to humans is a bar that separates them from their peers, while many others of the few who can grasp the meaning of their mortal life to at least some extent sink into the deep morass of melancholia. While the former ones prance through life dressed in silk and satin and and have their speech filled with pretension and contempt, the latter ones waste away  their single life that hould be meaningful with  joyless songs in blackly houses.Both of these groups are being termed
“failure” by the great philosophers, for they will never understand the nature of life and fill it with meaning. The biggest proportion of mankind, however, does not care much about intellect and awareness, they live their lives, enduring both joy and sorrow as their destiny assigns it to them, not unlike the animals of the forests and farms. But- and you should heed my advice at this point exactly, my prince, it would be as well a big mistake as an even greater sin to look down on these people because of their ways, for, as I told you before, the meaning of life is to fulfill the life given to each one of us by realizing your inner soul.And in fact, even though my words my astound you or make you wonder, many of those simple souls can attain a greater degree of wisdom than many thinkers in long years of study in solitude just by their unspoilt souls and hearts.For if a human being can be humble,content and achieve a sense of beauty, he or she has acquired more riches than can be hoped for in life on earth.
Those, however, who cannot deploy their hearts, make up thegood-for nothing army of cheapskates, burocrats and mechanics who, uncompehending of beauty, stroll around in greyish and brownish vestments and reach the end of their meaningless life without any awareness.
But, my prince, since I know thy strong and good heart, I do fear nothing for you out of that direction.But I do advise you wholeheartedly: Do avoid, my prince, all mansions out of which there is a stream of sad music and those people which touch you deep in your heart with their hopeless looks.For it is strange but true that especially those who have failed  so short before the greatest insight can bring the most dolefulness over themselves and all others.

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Why do humans make music ?

 

Human beings are (almost) the only mammalian species that possesses both

speech and music. By “almost” I mean, whales and dolphins also communicate with sound, wolves howl and singing birds know melodies. It is very clear what speech is good for: we use speech to communicate our thoughts to our fellow humans both in spoken and in written form.

But why do humans need music ?

Every single human being, male or female, handicapped or not, young or old, has a desire to sing and dance and to listen to music. It is as essential as the desire for food, drink, sex and sleep. Mankind uses music to express and convey feelings and to develop a sense of togetherness. Different social groups have their own songs that give them an identity, nations have anthems, even football and soccer clubs have their own songs.

Music may express sadness, love, loneliness, happiness and convey these feelings to other people through notes and lyrics. Music consists of rhythm and melody, dancing goes according to the rhythm and singing according to the melody.

Ever since the stone age, the best dancers and singers have always been given due recognition,

And had an easy time finding a mate/ a partner of the opposite sex..

The invention of the record player and the gramophone made it possible for the first time to reach out to a wider audience, thus raising prominence for stars like the Beatles.

 

I personally believe ( yet there are no scholarly opinions about this subject) that also singing birds, parrots, dolphins and whales have genes for speech and maybe there are genes for the ability to make music and enjoy it which these animals have, and we humans, too.

Music was necessary in human evolution, since only by making music ( and enjoying it) societies could stick together, thus enabling civilization. Monkeys and apes (gorillas, chimpanzees) live in small groups, but we humans form states and complex societies which would break apart without music.

While most monkeys (except gibbons) are promiscuous, many humans like longer-lasting sexual relations like marriage. Music and dance has been , since the ancient times, a means for humans to find a mate. Music makes us social beings.

Autor: Stephan Egey, der Mensch, der mich von allen, die ich in meinem ganzen Leben getroffen habe, am meisten in meinem Denken beeinflusst hat

Schlußteil der Ratschläge des Philosophen Acomon an den jungen Prinzen Nerrio

 

„Denn wisse, o Fürst, dass die Philosophen die Menschen mit vielerlei Maß gemessen ; eins ums andere Mal die Menge der Einzelnen in große und kleine Gruppen teilend , welche sich im Großen und Kleinen ähnlich oder gar gleich verhaltend die nämlichen Bahnen durchs Leben ziehen. Trotzdem nun die Stimmen der Philosophen, die sich aus der Ferne belauscht einem Chore gleich erheben, bei genauerem Hinhören oft genug in abweichende oder gar widerstrebende Meinungen zerfallen, herrscht doch im wesentlichen Einigung darüber, wie die Wege der Sterblichen zu bedenken seien.

Der eigentliche Kern- oder wie manche auch sagen- die Seele des Menschen liegt in der unauflöslichen Umarmung seiner drei Vergänglichkeiten, welche die Sterblichkeit als Unabänderlichste krönt und beschließt. Also steht alles Wirken und Planen des Einzelnen begrenzt und verloren in der Zeit; und wohl sei demjenigen, der dies- lange in seinem Herzen tragend – endlich wahrhaftig begreift und alle Trauer abstreifend  sein Vergehen heiter erkennt. Denn fürwahr besteht das höchste dem Menschen erreichbare darin, die kurze ihm vergönnte Zeit mit seinem in Harmonie verwirklichten Innersten zu erleuchten.

Jedoch gelingt diese demütige Vervollkommnung des eigenen Seins nur den wenigsten jeder Generation; denn so wie den einen die dem Menschen eigene Hybris ein unverrückbarer Riegel ist, so versinken doch so viele der wenigen, die ihre Sterblichkeit wenigstens zum Teil begreifen, im grundlosen Morast der Melancholie. Während die ersteren nun ihr Leben lang in Samt und Seide gekleidet einher stolzieren und Anmaßung und Verachtung in ihrer

Rede führen, verdämmern die letzteren ihr einziges und so erfüllbares Leben mit vielerlei Geseufze und freudlosen Gesängen in lichtlosen Häusern. Beide dieser Gruppen werden von den Großen zutreffend als am Geist gescheitert bezeichnet; denn sie werden niemals ihr Wesen begreifen und mit wahrem Leben erfüllen können.-

Der größte Anteil des Menschenvolkes jedoch kümmert sich wenig um Geist und Erkenntnis; sie leben dahin, Freud und Leid ergeben so ertragend, wie das Schicksal  es ihnen zuweist, darin den Tieren des Waldes und der Felder nicht unähnlich. Jedoch- höre an dieser Stelle meine Worte genau, o Prinz !- wäre es sowohl ein großer Fehler als auch eine noch größere Sünde, diese Menschen ihrer Art wegen zu verachten, denn- wie ich euch bereits bedeutete- besteht die Essenz des Menschseins darin, das jedem Einzelnen anvertraute Leben durch Verwirklichung seines Innersten zu erfüllen. Und es ist wirklich so- auch wenn Euch meine Worte in Erstaunen und Verwunderung versetzen mögen-, dass viele dieser einfachen Seelen allein durch die Kraft ihrer unverdorbenen Herzen ein größeres Maß an Weisheit anzusammeln vermögen als manch Denker in vielen Jahren einsamen Studiums. Denn erreicht es ein Mensch sich Demut, Zufriedenheit oder Sinn für Schönheit anzueignen, so hat er damit mehr Reichtümer erlangt, als in diesem Leben zu erhoffen stehen.

Diejenigen, die jedoch auch ihr Herz nicht zur Entfaltung zu bringen vermögen, bilden das ungute Heer der Geizhälse, Mechaniker und Bürokraten, welche Schönheit verständnislos verachtend in grauen und braunen Gewändern auf freudlosen Wegen einherwandeln und- gänzlich in ihrem Menschsein versagend- ohne jedwede Erkenntnis ihrem somit sinnlosen Ende entgegengehen.

Aber, mein Prinz, da ich Euer starkes und gutes Herz kenne, befürchte ich wenig für Euch aus dieser Richtung. Jedoch rate ich Euch mit aller Ernsthaftigkeit, derer ich gebiete: Meidet , mein Fürst, in Eurem Leben diejenigen Häuser, aus denen traurige Musik weht, und diejenigen Menschen, die Euch tief im Inneren berühren ob der Hoffnungslosigkeit ihrer Blicke. Denn es ist merkwürdig, aber wahr, dass gerade diejenigen, die so knapp vor der größten Erkenntnis gescheitert sind, am meisten Trauer über sich und alle anderen zu bringen vermögen.“

Wildlife returns to Germany

November 9, 2007

The last wild beaver in Bavaria was killed in 1867, but, in 1966, Bund Naturschutz, a German environmentalist organization, reintroduced them, at first on the Danube. Up to 1980, about 120 specimens had been released into the wild, and today more than 6,000 live in Bavaria.

Even in the center of Munich, Bavaria’s capital, a beaver family lives happily on the river Isar, next to the German Museum. In my hometown of Furstenfeldbruck, 30 km (18.6 miles) from Munich, where the train bridge crosses the river Amper, you can see big trees felled by another beaver.

The news of a brown bear wandering from Tyrolia, Austria, to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, was broken by the big newspapers in Germany last week.

The bear had come from South Tyrolia, Italy, and on its way had killed many sheep and damaged some beehives in search for honey. Politicians in Bavaria and Austria now discuss – should they kill it or catch it? Bears have also been entering Germany recently from Switzerland, but not to stay. Austria is home to about 30 wild brown bears, but the last one in Germany was shot more than 170 years ago.

The last wild lynx in Bavaria was shot in 1846. In the 1980s, the Czech Republic started to release some lynxes into the wild, and since the boundary fences of the Iron Curtain were removed in 1989 as the Cold War ended, many of these lynxes and their offspring started to migrate to Bavaria. Today about 20 lynxes live in the German national park “Bavarian Forest.”

Michael Gorbachev’s dismantling of the Iron Curtain also meant the freedom to roam for the wolf packs of Poland, which entered the former East Germany in the 1990s. At least two wolf packs remained there, and one overwintered in Saxony.

The raccoon, not native to Germany, was brought to German fur farms from North America, and in 1934 German forest workers released two raccoon couples into the wild.

Other raccoons managed to escape the fur farms, and their offspring in Germany now number roughly a million animals, even though 16,000 are killed by hunters each year.

Germany’s “raccoon capital” is Kassel, and the raccoons have not yet reached southern Germany. This seems only a matter of time, since they are breeding fast and searching for new habitats.

If you want to see some big wild animals, you needn’t visit Kenya or the Amazon rain forest – try Germany instead.

Geologists like Colin Campbell and Websites such as Peakoil work to promote public consciousness of the fact that our crude oil supply is running out.

What will be the consequences of the looming scarcity of fuel and the consequent rise in oil prices?

First of all, long-distance flights will become the kind of luxury that they were until the 1970s, and they will only be available for very rich people.

Products that are currently manufactured through a global supply chain and flown around the world will once again be produced where they are consumed. The alternatives to air travel will be too slow to transport goods quickly enough for the kind of international trade we know today.

Happily, this will reduce unemployment caused by offshoring in traditional industrialized countries. The variety of goods produced will increase because they will be aimed at more local markets and tastes rather than the whole world.

Secondly, automobiles will once again be the rich peoples’ toy that they were until after the second world war everywhere outside the United States.

People will resort to public transport, bicycles and walking; which will reduce the global obesity epidemic. The cars in use will have a longer working life; even now the average age of the cars that drive on German roads increases from year to year. As a result of this the number of automobile workers needed will decrease and the commodities used in building cars will be used more carefully.

The growth of the internet, communication and data storage technologies will not be affected by crude oil shortages. This is because glass-fiber cables and computers can be constructed to use very little energy.

The globalization of ideas and the onward march of the English language will not be slowed down.

Many alternatives to oil and gas are quite labor-intensive to install and run, so unemployment will be reduced when they are more frequently used.

The prospect of crude oil shortages is often painted as a disaster scenario but it will result in a dramatic transition of lifestyles that might make the world a better place. We will be less wasteful and more localized. Surely these are desirable qualities in all communities.

IN 1991 THREE Indian expatriates in Berkeley/USA founded an international, secular charity organisation dedicated to catalyze socioeconomic change in India through education. The education system in India is a legacy from the days of the British Empire, and it turns out very many excellent engineers and software developers, yet, even today, millions of Indian children mostly from poorer states like Bihar or from low castes lack the chance to receive a proper education.

India has famous elite universities, like the seven Indian Institutes of technology or the Indian Institute of science in Bangalore, that have over the years, been a talent pool for Tech Companies in the Silicon valley in California as well as for many old economy companies in the US and Europe. More than 35,000 IIT alumni are said to be working in North America. Even today children of not so poor families and from the higher castes are grossly overrepresented in higher education in India.

India has a caste-quota system for job applicants that favours those from lower castes, similar to affirmative action in the USA. The result is that many well educated Indians from the higher castes cannot find jobs in India and thus are forced to find work abroad. Many top managers of fortune 100 companies come from India: Arun Sarin, CEO of Vodafone, Anshu Jain, Deutsche and Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, president and CEO of Pepsico are a few among many.

Many Indians outside India feel obliged to help children in India, where many are still illiterate and children of ragpickers, beggars, prostitutes or poor farmers are too poor to enter even government schools.

Education promotes socioeconomic change in two ways: A well educated population is one of the prerequisites for development in a country, as history shows us. 300 years ago, the Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire were the first countries in Europe and the world to make schooling compulsory. A well-educated people provided the basis for the growth of German industry from 1870 on and also brought forth many renowned scientists and later many Nobel-Prize winners. Japan had achieved full literacy as early as in 1900, and Japan’s and Germany’s well educated population made possible the spectacular rise from the ruins of the Second World War to industrial giants.

The second way, in which education changes people’s ways of life is that a highly educated population tends to have lower birthrates. Kerala, the Indian state with the highest literacy rate has a birthrate of only 14 per 1000 females, below that of the USA (16 per 1000 females), while Bihar, an Indian state where illiteracy is still high, has a high birthrate.

The 21st century challenges us with global warming and environmental destruction, and only an educated mankind will solve these problems. Each year 130 million children are born worldwide, out of which 40 million are born in India and only 600,000 in Germany.

If the next generation should be educated, we should focus on educating the millions in poorer countries like India.

‘Asha’ has helped many individuals in India, and recently they sponsored a project to support the widows and children of Indian farmers who had committed suicide out of financial reasons, because they were indebted. A young (Caucasian) American man from Los Angeles visited them and deposited some money in a bank there so that they could start to repay their debt and send their children to school from the interest they got from the deposited money. These widows are very relieved and thankful for that support.