Let’s Make Gardens from Our Cities

Even really green cities in Germany with a lot or parks, wood and green are not really nature and people friendly. Especially for kids and old people, they are even dangerous. And it is really not so complicated to change this – just consider the following simple ideas:

1. City centre cars free

2. Make green grass lanes for walking on the streets and plant some flowers and trees at every street.

3. Use the roofs of the buildings. These can be used for gardens and food growing and for student rooms. And of course for collecting rain water and producing electricity from the sun, the wind and the difference of the temperature between the building and the air.

4. Put a beehive in every garden and seed a lot of colourful flowers.

5. Use the walls of the buildings to create hanging gardens and produce our own food.

If we just let our creativity fly, we can create even better ideas and change our cities completely.

Evolution or Devolution – from Primitive Tribes to Modern People

In the last years scientist start to rewrite the evolution theory and there are even some who think that there is no such thing as evolution, but that we devolve. The two principles of evolution and devolution exist together. And devolution does not necessary mean that we do not develop. The principle of evolution is the base of the western culture – starting from primitive creatures we evolve towards God. That’s why we pray in order to speak with God and develop. In the eastern culture the most important is the notion of devolution – starting with a knowledge given directly from God, they make it useful for and adapt it to their everyday life. That’s why they meditate in order to let God speak with them, so they can develop.

But no matter if we are from the eastern or the western culture, we think that we are modern people with developed culture. And we thread some tribes as primitive and underdeveloped. At the Youth Future Project Conference there was a lecture from Survival International and they showed us a comparison between our modern culture and the cultures of the “primitive” tribal people. Here the differences and the similarities:

1. What they/we own? They: only necessities and everyone owns the same. We: own a lot and everyone owns different stuff, but there are poor and rich. The rich are most rich because of the cheap labour of the poor. So, we own staff we do not necessary need and destroy the world and make wars in order to get it. And our distribution is worse.

2. What they/we do? They: hunting, collecting, growing food. We: working or staying unemployed, because we have sometimes no job. We do specialised jobs, some of them actually not needed at all, but we need them in order to get what we want to own.

3. How children are being educated? They: playing, copying adults. We: the same, but we often don’t let our children play and there are big differences in the education of rich and poor children. So, we separate our community again.

4. How sophisticated is the language? Our: We have a lot of words, but they stay only in the dictionaries and most of them are some specialized ones we never use in our everyday language. We use actually quite a few words. Their: very sophisticated. They can have 100 words for sun, snow, leaves or rain. We can better try to preserve the variety of our everyday language.

5. What they/we eat? They: rich variety. We: less variety. We have bad food habits and many civilisation diseases. They don’t have for example caries and appendicitis. We can really learn a lot from them.

6. How healthy are they/we? They are healthy if the babies survive, but they live not so long. We live really long and almost more babies survive, but we are very ill. There is a big gap between the rich and the poor people in our society.

7. How about their/our sense of belonging? They: a strong one, everyone is part of the community. We: separate our communities.

8. What preoccupies society? They: correcting imbalances. We: economical growth.

As you can see we can learn quite a lot from them. There is one more significant difference. They think that their life is better, but they don’t want to change our. We think also that our life is better, but we want to change their and we even kill them and destroy their communities. They seem to be much more tolerant. So, my question is: Who is primitive?

So, let them live and use the chance to learn more from them. If we learn more about them and their knowledge we can not only improve, but also understand ourselves better.

Switzerland and European Union – Similar and though Different

Do you know that Switzerland is not a country? It is a confederation of cantons which is called Confederation Helvetica. There are 26 cantons and each of them have the freedom to decide about its internal politics. This is similar to a federal state, but it is not, because there is for example no prime minister and a lot of typical ministries do not exist at all. So Switzerland seems to be a kind of a union of states, more or less like the European Union. Actually the European Union is like Switzerland, because it uses the Swiss modell. Both have the ideal to be stronger together, but to preserve the diversity inside.

But there are some big differences as well. This difference explains why Switzerland is not part of the European Union although completely embraced by it and fully dependent. The biggest difference is how and why they were founded and how they are developing. The European Union was found as a act of reconciliation and new start. A union of reconciliation and a union for the freedom. The people and their well being stay in the middle of the European Union. It’s a union for the people. For the people inside and outside it. And many countries would like to join this union. And they all are welcome to do it, if they put the people in the centre and prove that they do it.

Switzerland, on the opposite, was created because of economical interests. It is a union for the own interest and not in the interest of the people living in the surrounding countries. Switzerland was built and has grown through wars and economical interests. The prosperity and the economical interest stay in the middle of the Helvetica confederation. Nevertheless, I hope that soon this will change and that Switzerland will focus more on the people. It is highly possible that this change will come through a big collapse of the Swiss system, similar to that in Iceland.

The Gipsy – What Can We Learn About Them and About Us

The Gipsy are always on the way, always travelling from nowhere to nowhere. Rolling down the roads without any special aim, only for the rolling. Concentrating entirely on the way and not on the destination. Concentrating on the life here and now. Concentrating on just being happy without thinking about the past and about the future. Just living and being happy because they live. Even there national hymn starts with “Gelem, gelem” – travelling, travelling and tells about the endless travels and happiness of the Gipsy people. Travelling is their lifestyle.

But why they don’t want to settle down as other nations? Why tell are so different that they always want to travel and never stop? Why other people are building houses and staying where there are and Gipsy people are destroying their own houses and moving again soon or later? We have to look back in the history of their tribe. It was not always like this. Because of being Gipsy, because of having a different lifestyle, they were always casted out and persecuted, from everyone and from everywhere. Sometimes they managed to settle down somewhere, but they were forced again to move. After thousands of years living on the road and always moving, it became their lifestyle. And now it seems that they can’t stop anymore and they don’t want to, because it has become part of their own identity.

But why do most people don’t like Gipsy? Why almost all countries in the world don’t want them and force them to go away? Why does this happen even nowadays? Even in developed countries like France, where there are so many foreigners and basically all of them are welcome. Why even France does not want the Gipsy people. What’s wrong with them, so that we don’t want them? Or to state the right question – what’s wrong with us, so that we don’t want them? If we don’t want them it means that there is something wrong with us as well and not only with them.

When do we cast out people from our society? The answer is simple – when they don’t pass in it and when they don’t want to accept everything in our society. We cast out not only Gipsy, but disabled, lateral thinkers and many more which are just different than we are. We build some societies and call them normal and everyone who does not fit in the boundaries of the normality is “not normal” and “crazy” and have to act as normal in order to be accepted or have to go. It used to be like this and it is still like this. We do not appreciate the differences, we do not live them, we do not accept them. Most people are not strong enough to go their own way and start being “normal”. The Gipsy prefer to stay authentic and be as they are. “United in diversity” is the motto of the European Union. It’s the sacred mission of the European Union. It must be the sacred way of the whole mankind.

When do we cast out people from our society? There is another answer as well – when we see in them things we don’t like about ourselves. When we are afraid, that we have to change. When we are afraid to see our weak points and to start changing them. Gipsy people are not perfect at all. They have a lot of bad national characteristics and habits which are easy to be seen. And they do not necessary want to change them; they do not necessary want to improve and to make their life better. They like it as it is. We see this, we feel this. And we know that we are not much better. But we don’t want to act as well. We prefer to stay where we are and to cast the Gipsy out. So no one can see so easily out own problems. And when you can’t see any problems, then there are no problems. Or at least why always try to think like this, to find an excuse not to act, not to improve, not to change.

Gipsy are so hated because being authentic and happy, because they know how to have fun and live for the moment, here and now, everywhere and always. We can learn this from them. We have to love them because they show us this and let us think about ourselves. While the Gipsy are always moving, we have to move as well. Not necessary in space, but in mind. We have to forget the boundaries we’ve created and to improve freely and start to live our dreams.

The Bulgarian Way in a Global World

On 3.3 is the Bulgarian national holiday. Yesterday I was at the celebration in Mannheim organized by the Bulgarian Student Organization Bai Ganyo. There was a small lecture from Dr. Blagovest Velichkov. He spoke about one very important notion about Bulgarians. Bulgarians are traditionally a nation which prefers to stay at home. This means that the house, the neighbourhood and the home city have a central place in the cultural and social life of the Bulgarians. To travel further or to change the place of living is even nowadays and even for young Bulgarians a hard decision to take and people do it only if they have no other choice. Even people who already done it are looking forward to settling down. It is more or less the highest priority for every Bulgarian. To settle down, to build a house, to have a family and to live happily there all their life. Like in a fairy tale. This is of course true not only for Bulgarians, but for us it seems to be the focal point of the whole life.

This does not mean that Bulgarians haven’t moved at all. Bulgarians travelled the whole way from the territories of Turan (nowadays in Nord Afghanistan) to the Balkan Peninsula. And there were a lot of movements in the whole history of the nation. But these movements were done always when the people had seen no other choice to survive. These were all inevitable. The Bulgarian moves away from his home only when this change seems inevitable. Some Bulgarians even think, that in order to make a Bulgarian move, you have to burn down his house. A strategy used from some Bulgarian revolutionists in the past centuries. Even after the end of the communistic regime, Bulgarians are mostly moving because the lack of opportunities and first when they see no other possibility. There are nowadays more Bulgarians abroad than in Bulgaria and those always have the aim to settle down where they are or to go back to Bulgaria and settle down there again. And when we have to move, than we move with all our belongings – we take even the traditional Bulgarian tree species with us in order to rebuild our original home where we settle down.

Nowadays we live in a modern globalized world and this Bulgarian behaviour changes slowly. Especially young people are becoming more and more open and getting rid of this notion. But it is not easy to get rid of a tradition and maybe it is not really good. It was very hard for me to move away from home and I immediately settled down again, and then moved again, settled down and so on. Only after the third change of the living place, I’ve managed to get rid of it and started to feel really free and to travel freely all around.

I think that this is the Bulgarian future – to travel all around the world and spread our old settled down culture. To implement a new positive global thinking, combined with the best traditional values of the settle down nations. To make it possible to settle down even for two days and feel everywhere at home and to act everywhere on a local base. To combine local settled down actions with global thinking. Think global, act local! This is the middle way which goes through both extremes and unifies them in a single harmonious, sustainable and holistic way. I think that this is the Bulgarian mission. This is what we can give the world in order to make it better.

There are more Bulgarians outside Bulgaria and at most about 7 million in Bulgaria. From them about 2,5 million are over 55. From the other 4,5 million at least about 1,0 million are Bulgarian citizens not Bulgarian origin, so we can speak of about 3 million Bulgarians under 55 years. So it is actually not sure if Bulgarians have future in the country Bulgaria. I see the future more or less in spreading all around the world. Kind of a global Bulgarian. Actually it is not even sure that there is a Bulgarian ethnicity. In our blood we have a mixture of more than 100 ethnicities, so it is possible that a Bulgarian is more or less a life style than some ethnicity. So, for the Bulgarian nation it is not even important to be concentrated on one place in order to survive. Such a nation spread all around the world, but with a settled down culture could be a good start in overcoming the separation between countries, nations, ethnicities, religions and so on. Can we make a significant step toward unity of all people in the world?