Tomorrow is the big day: Climate Strike!
The following video features a young woman named Nicole who advises her viewers to think for themselves rather than blindly follow the climate lemmings.
Below is an article about the climate strike from the Berliner Zeitung, also translated by Nash:
Climate strike by hook or by crook
Students under pressure — those who won’t participate are going to have a problem
BERLIN — This coming Friday, presumably thousands will be in Berlin’s streets after “Friday for Future” has called for a climate strike. So far, so good — one would think. But the group dynamic that has developed over recent weeks around the topic of climate protection has morphed into a compulsion that frankly makes my stomach hurt. It sounds and it feels deeply unhealthy.
For instance, the 11-year-old son of a friend of mine recently asked his teacher if one really had to participate in the climate strike. Because his piano lessons are scheduled for Friday, and he’d much rather go and practice the piano.
This is where the disturbing part of the story begins. Because even though officially it is a matter of free will whether the kids want to go and participate in the climate strike or not, the teacher, a woman, forced the 11-year-old to stand in front of the class, and began to lecture him.
She got in his face and said to him: “If you don’t care about your future, then of course you don’t have to go there.” And, pregnant with meaning, she added: “I, for one, care about my future.” I mean, seriously? Who does this teacher think she is, to morally pressure this young boy with such a heavy hand? And then to imply a threat in front of his classmates along the lines of “Participate in the climate strike, or you will be an outsider!”
During my time in school in Bavaria about thirty years ago, the book The Wave was a part of our curriculum. We were supposed to learn what happens when a movement takes on a life of its own — even if the intentions behind the movement are noble or harmless. Towards the end of the book the students who didn’t want to participate in the experiment that created an impressive group dynamic ended up being ridiculed, bullied, harassed and even physically attacked.
To dictate what society looks like
Since the teacher about whom I am writing also comes from Western Germany, it’s safe to assume she has read the book as well. But obviously she didn’t get the moral of the story.
Unfortunately, she is also not the only person who can’t comprehend that dictatorial impulses are simply never okay. Just recently, this has become once again crystal clear when the singer Herbert Grönemeyer — at his Vienna concert — openly declared that, under certain circumstances, it is “up to us to dictate what society looks like.”
Tens of thousand of people applauded his words with glassy-eyed ecstasy. And again, they were mostly people who grew up after 1945 in the Western part of Europe.
Like in the DDR
One fact slowly pushes itself to the surface, which is that the sprawling climate-protection-above-all movement, which presents itself as more and more intolerant and aggressive, is an ideology that has been conceived mostly in the heads of people who grew up with a Western imprint. At least the father of the 11-year-old boy about whom I am writing here is fed up with what he calls “this voluntary pressure”. And with a mixture of extreme discomfort and deep contempt towards the moral pressure that his son’s teacher had built up: “It’s exactly like in the old days. It’s exactly like in the DDR.”
|0:07||[Poster: “Illegalize coal now!” Second poster: “Children are climate killers!”|
|0:10||I am [Nicole], and I think for myself!|
|0:13||The best protection from abuse through fanaticism|
|0:16||is to think for yourself.|
|0:21||The abuse of children and adolescents|
|0:24||by fanatics has a long history.|
|0:27||From child crusades in the Middle Ages all the way to the Hitler Youth,|
|0:30||of whom hundred of thousands were sent to their deaths,|
|0:33||Stalin’s pioneers, Mao’s child soldiers,|
|0:36||Jew-hating children in the Middle East, all the way|
|0:39||up to today, to the children and adolescents|
|0:42||of Fridays for Future.|
|0:45||And then, just as now, they were persuaded by others|
|0:48||to fight for a just,|
|0:51||to fight for an honorable cause.
Text: Carte blanche [to skip school] from Chancellor Merkel
|0:54||Then, as now, children were indoctrinated,
Text: School forces students to participate in climate strike
|0:57||Their ability to think for themselves has been left uncultivated;|
|1:00||it’s been taken from them by fanatics, by people who put themselves above others,
Text: Survey among Green Party members: Better people who can regulate everyone else
|1:03||either because of their piety in the Middle Ages,|
|1:06||or because of their ethnic affiliation during the racial mania of the National Socialists,|
|1:11||and today because they are allegedly the chosen ones
Poster: Climate won’t wait for our graduation
|1:14||to save the entire world.|
|1:18||Don’t let yourself be abused,|
|1:21||kindly think for yourself!|
|1:24||“Have the courage to use your own understanding.” —Immanuel Kant|