I probably should learn to attempt to write something before I do my German lessons, as when I get done with them, not only do I not understand German, but I seem to have no recollection of how the English language works either.
The dream and hope is that one day the language lessons make sense. Perhaps what I have realized is how much time I spend working in research and solutions and using another portion of my mind. the language part seems clueless at how to operate.
Another difficult thing I am struggling here in Switzerland versus the USA is the way time and the day are spent. In the states one can work 24/7 here, they do not wish for that to happen. I still marvel that on Sunday the shops are closed, you don’t do noisy work to annoy the neighbors, and there is a wonderfully boring sense of peace. This is a good thing that would be interesting to put back in place inside America because it is good for the overall balance of people and behavior.
What would probably happen is lawyers would all sue, saying it is against the constitutional right of an individual to do whatever they want in the “I” am special media message. Of course these lawsuits would be funded by big business who would not want the truth of, “hey, we don’t need so much stuff to be happy.” to get out into the mainstream.
As a creative, I don’t know if you can really have what is a “what is a balanced life.” It is a process where you are always on, and rarely off. I look around and wonder “isn’t everyone else’s mind always working and thinking about new ideas and solutions?”
The reality is, no…truth be told, I wonder what many think anymore? do we think much anymore?
European culture places a great deal more on who you are than what you do, or how much stuff you have.
Inside the USA, there was a term called the “American dream” I heard as a kid, but I have to say, I don’t know what that dream is anymore inside the borders. In everyone’s effort to please everyone and the “I” generation created by consumer products and so many choices, I think we lost track of what “we” are as a country.
I have tried to do a timeline for when the society seems to have eroded, I am not sure if it was the 1970’s and Vietnam? The greed of the 80’s? Perhaps it is just a combination of things. The one that probably did more damage is the one no one wants to talk about – the simple breakdown of what was a family inside the border.
In Switzerland, at times I feel like I am stepping back into my childhood with the way the social fabric works and family is important. Tis nice to see it still exist in such a way.
May you all have a nice day. The bottle cap image is not because I drank all of the beers trying to comprehend German. It was simply this one or a picture of the Ginza in Tokyo. I can’t say either image did anything for me, but the shiny purty pictures of bottle caps must have made my brain go “duh” after the morning sessions of der, die, and das.