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BOOK AND FILM REVIEWS Farewell to Stone Age MoralityWhen the sun went outApocalypse no! Do we need a second planet? The adventurous life of Adam DreylingThe strange survival of neoliberalismThe end of normalityThe global disasterThe principle of Moses' riddleThe oldest city hate the Danube West AmericaThe snake in the firmamentThe TemplarsThe maps of the world of the ancient seafarersHaving honor for a misunderstood king? An inconvenient truthA refined privatizerEquilibrismGaias [...]

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Ecology

What apocalypse is coming?

(Published 2020) The world-renowned icon of the green movement, Greta Khunberg, was able to give a highly emotional speech at the UN in September 2019, in which she called for immediate rethinking and the fastest possible action to avert the catastrophes threatened by our reckless use of natural resources. The focus was on the controversial[i] man-made climate change, which also [...]

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Economy and social affairs

The intelligence ticks left

Why are the left on the rise again? It is a strange contradiction: Bolshevik and communist terror was responsible for around 100 million deaths in the 20th century due to its fanatical ideology. Wherever communist or left-wing socialist ideas prevailed, and where they - mostly by force - were able to seize government power, those concerned broke up [...]

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Economy and social affairs

Farewell to the (social) market economy ?

(Published July 2020) "Politicians are trying to save yesterday's world with artificially created central bank money - and are thus missing the future." Gabor Steingart (4) In the wake of the corona crisis, all economic rules are being thrown overboard in Brussels, chaired by the German Chancellor, and all experience from [...]

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Economy and social affairs

Everything was better in the past

(Published May 2020, supplemented July 2021) The good old days When you get older and think back, you mainly remember good feelings and beautiful experiences. You were young, healthy and strong. The world was open to you, you felt up to all challenges. There was more humanity, e.g. comradeship in the sports club instead of narcissism [...].

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Ecology

How much we overload our earth

Published in Gralswelt 64/2011 In the GralsWelt we have already reported variously on approaches to calculating the carrying capacity of the Earth ("How much humanity can the Earth take?"; "Why we are stumbling into the population trap"; "A devastating footprint" (here all under "Ecology"). No matter which of the not uncontroversial calculation methods is used as a basis, the results tend to be invariably [...]

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Book and film reviews

In the light of truth

Grail Message from Abd-ru-shin Verlag of the Grail Message Foundation Stuttgart, www.gralsbotschaft.org. “In the Light of Truth” is one of the most demanding of all book titles imaginable. But this work lives up to the highest expectations - provided one delves into it without prejudice. “What is truth?” Asked the philosophically educated Roman prefect Pontius Pilate in the year 30 the accused Jesus. This was silent. He, [...]

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Economy and social affairs

Carthage - the first capitalist state ?

(Published April 2014) Long before the industrial age, an ancient city provided an example of capitalist economics. Carthage's advanced economy secured great success for the trading power, but came at the cost of many human lives. After its destruction by the Romans, the latter adopted the successful model, but were now inexorably heading toward their decay ... The New York of the [...]

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History of religion

Threat from religious fundamentalism

Published in Grail World 22/2001) SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: In Grail World 14/2000, under the heading “Where is the hope for the poor of the world?”, I took the view that after the collapse of communism, many People living in hopeless poverty hoped for a solution to their problems, a gap has remained which in [...]

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Strange stories

The real Robinson

At the time I went to school, almost every child knew the "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe (approx. 1660-1731). The book was available in several editions, including simplified versions for children, and "Robinson" became a synonym for a hermit on a lonely island. The bestseller found imitators, and the "Robinsonads" - adventure stories about sailing ships, castaways [...]

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Strange stories

The great Xhosa cattle slaughter

Crises and mass hysteria, as examples of the dangers of uncontrolled "lateral thinking"? In “In short, in a nutshell, curious” on page 262 “The legendary cargo cult” and on page 323 “A renaissance prophet in the fickle of the masses” we dealt with mass situations in which people can lose their ability to criticize. In the past centuries, easily excitable crowds of people that could no longer be reached through arguments have in diverse [...]

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History of religion

Religion and power

How long have religions existed? (Published 2019) No one can say how long religions have existed on earth. Some, like biologist Alister Hardy (1896-1985), see humans as "praying animals"[i] and assume that religions, or at least religiosity, existed as early as the Paleolithic. Burial rites of the Neanderthals 30,000 years ago can be interpreted religiously. [...]

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Economy and social affairs

The virus disaster

(Published March 2020) Now what some have feared for decades has come to pass: A pathogen, the corona virus COVID-19, is racing around the world. Starting in China, the pathogen has long since reached every inhabited continent, most countries, and nearly every major city with an airport. Unfortunately, this corona pandemic[i] also hit Germany unprepared. The clinics, under pressure to be profit-oriented [...]