Roland Dürre
Tuesday July 6th, 2010

The Real Picture of Misery

A short time ago, I read that the great German harbours suffer from the fact that the Germans buy less Japanese cars.

Basically, I think it is a good thing that the Germans buy less cars, particularly less Japanese cars…

Then I hear that the German car industry is on the upward spin. Asians and Americans, in particular, are literally snatching away the huge luxurious limousines. On the other hand, the German car industry is worried about internal sales still being on the lowest level ever.

Basically, I think it is a good thing that we Germans buy and drive less cars…

Yesterday, I read that the airlines are quite worried. The “ecological fine” planned by the Federal Government for air traffic is expected to be higher than expected and will thus cause enormous economic damage.

Basically, I think it would be a good thing if we all were to fly less…

Yes, everybody is busy lamenting. And everything that is basically a good thing is also detrimental in some way.

Yet there is a better name for the entire process: change. In the long run, we will have to build less cars and more windmills and electric bikes. We will have to think more in terms of local and de-centralized concepts. And globalization will have to be partly shifted to the internet.

The general conditions of our lives, too, will change drastically. There will be more heat and frostiness – not only in the symbolic meaning. But we will not be able to counter the heat with air-conditioning and the frostiness with heating. Instead, we will have to adapt to the climate by the way we dress. In the summer, we will have to wear a short-sleeved shirt and shorts, perhaps even leather shorts like in former times, and in the winter the thick pullover and the forgotten vest. Perhaps even the washcloth will again be used more often. And we will also have to exercise more and perhaps even work harder.

Well, it seems to me that we have to change our lifestyle. In a way, the idea gives me pause.

But then, in a way I know I will enjoy life just as much as before. And in a way it would be a good idea to start right away.

(Translated by EG)

3 Kommentare zu “The Real Picture of Misery”

  1. Chris Wood (Tuesday July 6th, 2010)

    I would have expected that the harbours would be busy exporting German cars. It should be rather the shipping lines that complain, because the ships are not full of imports on the return journey. But the buyers of German cars must be ready to pay the resulting extra shipping costs. There must anyway be plenty of imports. Perhaps though car transport ships are too specialised, unable to carry containers or oil?
    I do not think winters will get colder here. They have certainly got warmer since I came to Munich in 1977. We had 15 degrees below zero in my first month (November)! Earlier there were fears that the North Atlantic Drift (Gulf Stream) might stop, but I have not heard about this recently. I assume that further investigations have made this seem unlikely.
    The latest news on the climate is that, (assuming China cooperates), we should be able to stop the CO2 increase by 2050. By then the World average temperature will be 1 or 2 degrees higher than now. After that the temperature may gradually increase a bit more. The effects will be bad, but will not directly endanger human survival.

  2. rd (Tuesday July 6th, 2010)

    Lieber Chris, ich kann nur berichten, was die Presse schreibt bzw. in Radio oder TV berichtet wird. Und da stand das genau das, was ich geschrieben habe …

    Den Schiffslinien soll es angeblich wieder besser gehen. Klingt ja auch unlogisch …

    Aber das mit dem schnellen Wechsel von schlechten und guten Nachrichten dürfte eh jetzt normal werden …

  3. Chris Wood (Thursday July 8th, 2010)

    Silly me! It may well be that German cars are largely exported via Amsterdam/Rotterdam, whereas Japanese cars were largely imported via German ports (for the unpatriotic North and East Germans).

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