Categories
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 [...]

Categories
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 [...]

Categories
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 [...]

Categories
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. [...]

Categories
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 [...].

Categories
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 [...]

Categories
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 [...]

Categories
Ecology

The diesel dilemma

(Status 2018) When Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913) submitted his fundamental patent on February 22nd, 1893, his goal was an internal combustion engine with optimal efficiency that should come as close as possible to the theoretical ideal (the Carnot process). The first prototype ran at Maschinenfabrik Augsburg (later MAN) in 1893, and after many improvements, the first practical model came in 1897. Now [...]

Categories
History of religion

Modern Atheism

(Published 2015) Atheism is "as old as human thought, as old as faith, and the conflict between the two is a constant feature of Western civilization" (2). In fact, doubts about religions existed in antiquity, and early philosophers, such as the pre-Socratic Xenophanes, expressed their reservations. (See box). At the same time [...]

Categories
Memorial Days

The first circumnavigation of the earth 500 years ago

"Should erroneous views of the origin of the world described in Genesis prevail, all divine promises would melt into nothing and our religion would lose its life." Reformed theologian Peter Martyr (Pietro Mariano) Vermigli (1499-1562). (1, S. 387). In modern times, at least since Copernicus (1473-1543), countless astronomical, biological, geographical discoveries shook the medieval worldview, [...]