It is with serious regret that I just learned (a little delayed) about the retirement of Karl Fisch, author of the first ever YouTube video that went viral having a lasting impact on my life. It became the first ever thing I blogged, when I moved over the first articles I wrote elsewhere to the FoodForThought-blog: Shift Happens Narrated. The post contains a short summary of what led to the story, it is the most-read post on my blog ever and keeps being read 5-10 times every months.
Three years ago, Karl wrote an article on his blog I recommend reading; The Shifty Years.
I hope you understand the respect when I quote another famous author for the farewell. May life treat you and yours kindly!
So Long Karl … Thanks for all the Fisch … And I hope it’s not the last I’ve seen of you! Shift Happens.
What we did not learn is to my believe the real tragedy.
Only extremes create extremism (and terrorism). I still miss the dialogue and that president Obama today reads from the bible sure is a short-sight, I understand to be American, but one reason all this happened! Is America Christian? Jewish? Islamic? Buddhist? Agnostic? Or all that and much more? The Islamic extremists believed that America is not the land of the free, but a anti-islamic enemy…
America represents the Western World. But from what viewpoint? Isn’t the world round? Where is the center of the map? Who is “better”?
Is the capitalistic world “better”? Lately we learn that capitalism – including the mighty America – supported dictatorships in the Islamic world. And only when the people stand up, America is there to help them?
The capitalistic world leads us in an unchristian world of greed (a mortal sin!) and unsocial behavior. The “shareholder value” is more important than employees, environment and social responsibilities. U.S. Banks kill money at a global rate, we (the banks, did not learn anything either from Lehmann Brothers and the reason of the global financial crisis this greed got us in.
And now, the leader (president) of that corrupt and greedy system cites the Bible of all possible sources?
We (especially ‘the U.S.’) believe that this, our system, is better than a tribal system as in the “Middle East”? I mentioned in my last blog entry: The sheiks are the leaders of their families. Their focus is on the benefit of the family, then the group, the country. Not in quick profit, but in long-term survival. Something America could – and should – learn a lesson from!
And something, anyone (like me), living of global tourism, should keep in mind and do his/her share to make change happen. No, I can not change this. But we all can!
To quote Lazarus Long again: Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How’s that again? I missed something. Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let’s play that over again, too. Who decides?
… is a book title. I referred to it in a discussion about relocation, where I want to share my experience here.
I found three “types” of people in regards to the willingness to relocate:
Type 1: The Earthbound They grew up, work and will die in their home town. Maybe relocate to the next bigger town, but within a vicinity. They are rooted in their environment, friends, family.
Type 2: Upgrade + Stay Relocate once to where they believe they find their fortune, root there and stay there. See Type 1.
Type 3: The “Bird of Passage” Have Space Suit, Will Travel”. Will go, whereever a good job is offered knowing you can find friends anywhere and you can blend into any environment.
Concerns voiced in the discussion where related to environment, political insecurities, missing infrastructure, religion. These are usually Type 2’s, relocating only at forced necessity, but they prefer to stay where they are.
Many “birds of passage” evolve into a Type 2 when they get “tired”.
My only concerns on any relocation are (family and) my books. Everything is replacable, but I admit, my books I would miss. All my music is already MP3 and thanks to Terrabyte portable drives, it is no longer a problem to take movies and music along, but I did not yet find a good “book reader” replacing the paper version…
How do you think about relocation? Have I missed anything important? Thank you for feedback 😉