No, I am not the only one to see

I just received this mail from my friend Meli. As it happens she is just 25 years old, but despite her young age, she sees with dispassionate clear eyes the factual state of the Western world today. I am indeed immensely grateful as she confirms through her lines the truth of what I have long pondered on: modern man runs away from his emotions. It is quite striking as she speaks as if it was me writing. It shows that I am not the only one observing what is concretely happening around us:

“I think what is happening right now in our post-industrialized/capitalist countries is something we call “Entfremdung” in German, alienation in English!

WE DON´T KNOW WHO WE ARE ANYMORE, WE ARE NOT LISTENING TO OUR FEELINGS ANY LONGER  (we don´t know anymore how emotions work)… We are alienated from each other because we have forgotten how it is to have real interactions with each other, we are even afraid of that.

Communication and social behaviour is such an important part of our lives but we tend to do it less and less. Everything is uniformed. We eat the same shit, buy the same shit, do the same ….
Look at all these chain restaurants and coffee shops, McDonald’s, Starbucks – I think these places exist as a result of this ubiquitous alienation. People work as slaves in uniforms, people don´t respect them anymore. You sell the same shit everywhere. Sorry for that!

In the end, I don´t know where this should lead to. I am actually afraid of people here. For the last three weeks I was in Poland for a summer school and I think there people still know how to interact, how to talk to each other with respect and moral. Same in Romania. But in Germany, people are cold, egoistic. I don´t like it anymore.
My friends say that I am not right, they don´t see this. But I can feel it, sadly.

PS I am staying in a youth hostel in Leipzig today: I just see around people not talking to each other anymore, instead they´re trying out their new app on their smartphones. What the fuck…?

https://julienmatei.com/2012/07/08/why-are-we-trying-to-escape-our-innermost-emotions/

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

8 Responses to No, I am not the only one to see

  1. devildispair says:

    I lived in Germany for a year and got the same feeling about people being very cold and egoistic(compared to Romania).At first I thought it was because I was foreign but then I realized they treat each other the same.It also gave me the impression that people were like robots,they only worked and when they didn’t work they were on the computer the whole time.I came to the conclusion that most people preferred spending time in a virtual world,rather then going outside in the nature,taking walks or even communicating with friends or even family.Even in Romania some people get so caught up in the system,that the only thing they know is working and paying taxes.It’s this stress and pressure that people forget they have a reason to smile or to show interest in something beautiful like art,nature,literature.

    • julienmatei says:

      Multumesc pentru comentariu si pentru feed-back ul pentru celelalte postari.
      Traiesti in Romania?

      • devildispair says:

        Nu ai pentru ce,imi face placere sa citesc postarile tale.
        Da,acum traiesc din nou in Romania,am aflat ca sunt genul de persoana care nu poate sta departe de casa.haha
        Tu traiesti in Romania?

      • julienmatei says:

        Nu…stau la Stockholm de multi ani.

        Merg insa in Romania destul de des.

        Incintat de cunostinta, si sper sa mai dialogam

    • julienmatei says:

      Prin ce minune ai gasit Mirrors of Encounters?

      Esti in fapt unul ( sau una?…) dintre putinii cititori romani care au luat in seama ce scriu. E imbucurator asta…Arunci mingea peste fileu…si vine ceva inapoi…DIALOG…

      Cei mai multi primesc mingea si fug cu ea de nu se vad…asta e modul lor de a intelege Jocul…

      Asa ca…

  2. julienmatei says:

    Pai se pare ca daca uitam sa jucam, pierdem toti…

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