I`ve been born in the aftermath of World War II in Germany. I`ve been lucky to grow up in a free Germany and I`m grateful to the forces of the Anti-Hitler coalition for this.
Germany was at the ground in 1945 and if I look at Germany at the moment the words of Psalm 188:22 come in my mind. “ the stone the builders rejected has become a corner stone“. But though it would have been understandable, the Western nations didn`t reject the German people in 1945, but the helped to build up a free and democratic country. And today I`m able to say, I am happy and proud to live in a Germany, that`s part of the European Union and doubtlessly is the best Germany in its history.
That doesn`t mean there`s nothing to criticize. I wished more efforts to save the climate and the environment. I see social inequality and the influence of economic lobbyists are much to great.
But it`s a matter of a fact, it`s country with free elections, freedom of speech and free press. There are no attempts to leave European Union or even Paris Climate agreement. I live safe. there`s no risk of loosing my healthcare, should I become poor. The risk to be a victim of violence is minimal. The death toll of guns is 70 per year in Germany and on average 93 per day in the USA.
All this will never be a reason for me to be haughty but instead I will be humble and thankful. And I think Germany is obliged to stretch out its hand to all people of this planet to work together, that we can hand over to our children and grandchildren a world without ruthless environmental destruction, a world in peace and justice.
I will stand up for this with my modest possibilities.