On Sunday I went for a small walk around Lake Titisee in the Black Forest. For obvious reasons, my two cats displayed no interest towards my planned outing and both decided to stay at home. The place was thriving with tourists; and as I walked through the busy tourist street I noticed quite a few signboards standing outside coffee shops with the words “Herzlich Willkommen” written upon them. When literally translated, “Herzlich Willkommen” means something like “Heartily Welcome”.
It reminded me of the many times that I had visited localities having also displayed such a sign at the entrance but sadly, through bad service, lack of motivation and the resulting absence of “Herzlichkeit”, they had failed to act out the message they had been trying to transmit on their signboard. If one genuinely wishes to heartily entertain ones guests, should one not show it?
Naturally, being “Herzlich Willkommen” is understood in some professional restaurants.
I think I know what he means Mr Midnight. It has something to do with the fact that human beings tend to do things, or say things, and often do not live by what they preach.Can you remember that television commercial the other day where daddy commented upon him having visited that supermarket and his food had been literally thrown along the conveyor belt at the cash till?
But I can remember. It was an advertisement for a large “quality” supermarket (not a discount store) . It´s called “Edeka” or “Neukauf” (depending upon ones place of abode ) and their advertising slogan is called “Wir lieben Lebensmittel”. Translated this means “We love food”.
I think that humans like to believe that they go about things the right way; and they may even believe in what they say, but reality seems to paint a different picture. They appear not to be aware of their actions.
Possibly, but as a human being, you do have other possibilities with which to sustain yourselves. Many humans believe that they will get ill if they do not eat meat but by opening ones horizons and discovering ones own truth, one may find this “wisdom” to be invalid. Humans seem to do things simply because they have always done it and because they like doing it, regardless of the consequences toward other beings.
I suppose that the human race will never be able to live in Peace (something we all seem to desire) because deep down in our souls, we seem not to live in peace (natural instinct?). We may believe that we are peaceful beings (and at our core we most likely are!), but prejudice, greed and jealousy seem to rule our lives ( at least in small doses) and “Herzlichkeit” towards strangers is seldom evident. Our trait towards destroying things is possibly our natural instinct and therefore, we are not supposed to live in peace. Our trackrecord would certainly prove this point.
Not living life in peace possibly helps the human race find new solutions to problems, thus helping make the human race become more cleverer (at least technologically) but most certainly, the human race appears not to have become wiser.
Perhaps only when all humans live in respect and find peace in their own hearts will they all be able to live in peace on this wonderful planet. It really is no good just wishing for peace on earth when one is not prepared to do anything about the “state of peace” oneself.
Social peace is desirable. Personal peace is a necessity.
Daddy, I believe it´s now time for something to eat. Have you got anything left in the cupboard from that nice supermarket where they apparently, love food?