Monday, August 17, 2009

Was ist ein richtiger Deutscher und warum bleiben Ausländer hier?

Aus gegebenem Anlass (i.e., because it's appropriate) and to follow on from another recent post:

Funny van Dannen , 'Vaterland'

This too:

Beethoven, Ninth Symphony, end bit.

Though I'll go into the reasons for their appropriateness later.

But, in the meantime, I thank Chris W. for making me aware of this quote from Scottish science fiction author Ken MacLeod (responding to Robert Heinlein's quotation on the American spirit, 'The cowards never started and the weaklings died on the way'):

"Hey, this is Europe. We took it from nobody; we won it from the bare soil that the ice left. The bones of our ancestors, and the stones of their works, are everywhere. Our liberties were won in wars and revolutions so terrible that we do not fear our governors: they fear us. Our children giggle and eat ice-cream in the palaces of past rulers. We snap our fingers at kings. We laugh at popes. When we have built up tyrants, we have brought them down. And we have nuclear *fucking* weapons."

Well, it's a start.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Part of me wants to welcome you, another part knows that you were, and should be, always welcome anyway.

Conflicted of Leicester

PS - giftrap 'arseirti'. Someone is surely taking the mick here.