Ta-Nehishi Coates

“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.”


Ta Nehishi Coates | © Foto: Wikipedia, Commons

Konsens und Kompromiss

Beim Konsens einigen sich die Beteiligten, die sich vorher uneinig waren, darüber, was richtig ist. Sie verändern also, zumindest zum Teil, ihre Positionen. Beim Kompromiss aber bleiben die Positionen die alten, man einigt sich nur auf eine gemeinsame Lösung.


(Rainer Erlinger „Passt schon“, Süddeutsche Zeitung Nr. 34, 10./11.02.2017, p.45)

The Race Was Won By Running Slowly


Whenever I get to feel this way,
try to find new words to say,
I think about the bad old days
we used to know.

Nights of winter turn me cold —
fears of dying, getting old.
We ran the race and the race was won
by running slowly.

Could be soon we’ll cease to sound,
slowly upstairs, faster down.
Then to revisit stony grounds,
we used to know.

Remembering mornings, shillings spent,
made no sense to leave the bed.
The bad old days they came and went
giving way to fruitful years.

Saving up the birds in hand
while in the bush the others land.
Take what we can before the man
says it’s time to go.

Each to his own way I’ll go mine.
Best of luck with what you find.
But for your own sake remember times
we used to know.


(Jethro Tull, 1969)

Does anybody really know what time it is?

As I was walking down the street one day
a man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was on my watch, yeah
and I said: „Does anybody really know what time it is?“


(Chicago, Robert William Lamm)

facebook, youtube & co.

In a cartoon that appeared in the New Yorker in 1993, two dogs sit beside a computer.
One has his paw on the keyboard, the other is looking up at him quizzically.
„On the Internet,“ the dog using the keyboard reassures his canine friend,
„nobody knows you´re a dog.“


Andrew Keen (2007): The Cult of the Amateur – How Today´s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy


„Creativity is not the possession of some special talent.
It´s about the willingness to play.“


(John Cleese | © Foto: Wikipedia, Commons)

Utopie und Zukunft

Utopie entwertet die Gegenwart zugunsten einer Fiktion von Zukunft, Utopie geht immer auf Kosten des wirklichen Lebens. Die eigentliche Frage ist, ob Zukunft noch als Qualität denkbar ist. In den jetzt entstandenen schwebenden Strukturen geht es darum, dass der Einzelne nicht mehr existieren, sondern nur noch funktionieren soll. Das geht dann nahtlos über in die Machtübernahme durch den Computer.


(Heiner Müller 1991)

Start a new game...

Either you can or you cannot. If you cannot, learn and train until you can. It´s of no use to „do the best you can“. The moment you don´t like the game anymore, shout „AGAIN“ and start a new game.


Keith Johnstone

Zur Kunst des Zuhörens

He stared at Cantona. „Why am I telling you this?“
Cantona grinned. „Because I´m listening!“


Ian Rankin, Blood Hunt, 1995 | Foto: Leonie Landa

Gedächtnis und Stolz

„Das habe ich getan!“ sagt mein Gedächtnis.
„Das kann ich nicht getan haben!“ sagt mein Stolz und bleibt unerbittlich.

Endlich gibt das Gedächtnis nach…


Friedrich Nietzsche, | © Foto: Wikipedia, Commons