Mentally overfed but feeling undernourished


Is there just too much information fed to us by the media? I think they have a dilemma too: Too much and too many serious things are going on in the world. Syria, Iran, North Korea, England, Russia and last but not least the USA keeps us breathless and, in many cases even frightened.  Hardly a day goes by when we do not get upset over a new announcement, and it hardly ever is about something we would emotionally get involved in: some good happenings in our own backyard.

I don’t want to add to it. I am just a person who, after writing the memoir “We Don’t Talk About That” – the years growing up under the Nazis, and then later under the Communist Regime in East Germany – who really is OVEFED but UNDERNOURISHED by the present political situation.  I would like to stick my head in the sand and write another book, a happy one! But that is dangerous and surely not advisable.

Talk about a happy book! It was on a flight from Hawaii to Canada when I got chatting with the stewardesses in their Business Class galley kitchen. Naturally the talk included the question “what do you do…” and my writing career came up. There was a time when “I did not talk about that” – but now, finding a willing ear to listen, I can’t shut up. One of the ladies was very keen on my title “We Don’t Talk About That”. She had serious questions.  Later, she went on to tell me about her aunt who had written a similar book, “Prague Winter” – and highly recommended I read it. I Googled it, found it, read it, and was amazed when I found out a lot of information about the writer: Madeleine Albright. I was not familiar with her name.

Madeleine Albright was the first woman ever nominated and accepted to become the Secretary of State in 1993. Wow! What a story! From the little Czech girl in “Prague Winter” to making history for women. What an intelligent person! She has written a number of books. One paragraph in the book I read resonated with me so strongly that I absolutely must share it with you:

“In the end, no one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948 was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten. Today, we lack the power to reclaim lives, but we have a duty to learn all that we can about what happened and why – not to judge with the benefit of hindsight but to prevent the worst of that history from playing out again.”

True words! So, my dear readers and followers, we are NOT TO STICK OUR HEADS INTO THE SAND. Let’s open our eyes; a lot of what has happened back then, what I have written about in “We Don’t Talk About That” and Madeleine Albright in “Prague Winter”,  is happening again and there are a lot of signs that worse may be to come. Madeleine Albright is working on a new book “Fascism” to be published in April 2018. “The author examines the economic, religious, racial, and cultural factors that are today dividing populations and fostering bigotry across the globe, while also looking at how demagogues from Mussolini to Duterte have attracted followers by exploiting fear, nurturing anger, and promising easy answers to complex problems,” according to HarperCollins, her publisher.

Do the people in power ever learn from history? Do they even KNOW the history or are vaguely interested in it? Do the people who elect them, have any clues? Maybe every generation has to make their own mistakes, have their own experiences, make their own history and create their own past. Will the next generation after them learn from it? Most likely, not. Maybe we resent or do not want to learn from or ‘copy’ our predecessors.

Somewhere I saw a quote, something like this: “When a boy is old enough to believe or even follow his father’s advice, he usually has kids who don’t believe him.”

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Author: - there was so much I never talked about and now, that my memoir "We Don't Talk About That" is written I can't stop talking about it. And the reviews I get are awesome; so I think this book needed to be written. Interesting that I receive many e-mails from people who read the book and now tell me their similar stories... Did I open "a can of worms?" I think there are so many people who carry a heavy memory load and they do need to "unload". But interesting enough, even more people want to know MORE of my life and therefore I am working on a sequel.

7 thoughts on “Mentally overfed but feeling undernourished

  1. And what’s more, at THIS point in human history, we have to ask ourselves: ‘ can we still AFFORD to make our own mistakes?’ — that is, can we afford to repeat the mistakes already made countless times by our ancestors, and, can we afford our (seemingly innate) refusal to LEARN,condemning ourselves again and again to making the same mistakes all over again, not caring (or even realizing) that this may well be the LAST TIME we foolishly insist on repeating those very same mistakes? Well, why not? one may ask. Because, THIS time the disastrous consequences of our human inability to think straight, to keep world peace and to start living within the means our earth can provide on a renewable basis, could DESTROY our earth’s ability to regenerate the conditions that make our world habitable for human life. The relentless human desire to boost ‘our own’ to be better, bigger, wealthier and more powerful than others, at the expense of those ‘others’ AND of our living earth, is the perpetual cause of recurrent inter-human strife, culminating in periodic eruptions of large scale inter-human wars AND ruthless destruction of our natural environment. If we don’t learn from our history the plentiful lessons to this end — NOW and FAST — we will trigger disaster beyond anything the world has SEEN before, or anything we can even IMAGINE. This time, we’re likely to bring the curtain down on ourselves once and for all, as well as on most if not all other life forms on earth.

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  2. In the context you’re describing, I fervently hope this generation does not “make their own mistakes, have their own experiences, make their own history and create their own past.” We will not survive it and/or not survive it well.

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  3. Well said #GiselleRoeder. Once again we live in scary times. And we haven’t even had a lifetime away from previous scary times. As the song, and you, ask: When will they ever learn? |Please don’t make us ask “Where have all the flowers gone?”

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  4. Feelings are much the same here, in the UK. People asking, how did we ever get ourselves into this mess? And, are the people in charge insane? But to comment on your conclusion, I can only quote this: ‘Those who do not learn from history, are condemned to repeat it…’ (Santayana, I think)

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  5. This blog really resonated with people. I am not the only one who is scared of the repeat of ‘old’ mistakes – if one even call it that. It seems that in general, all of us think along the same lines. Thank you for commenting, it helps with the feeling “I am not alone”.

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  6. Giselle…. I did not know Madaine Albright ‘s story. How extraordinarily interesting. Great blog…but then your blogs are always interesting.

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