"I admire all those who still enter these speech rooms" | ZEIT ONLINE

"Germany speaks" has begun. More than 20,000 people whose political views differ greatly discuss. To one
To find partners, they had to answer seven controversial questions.
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 Strict control? Should German inner cities be car-free? Federal President and patron Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the action. Subsequently, ZEIT ONLINE columnist Mely Kiyak spoke. The manuscript of her speech:
                
                
            I come, ladies and gentlemen, geomorphologically considered from the Lower Saxony marshes. We are already talking about structural change when the color of the forms on the authorities changes.
            Once a week a bus arrives and brings it back to the neighboring town 20 kilometers away and the following week. In months with R the public traffic is completely stopped. As pioneering structures we call marketplaces, where two benches were separated by a gigantic recycle bin.
            The Industrial Revolution was officially declared over on that day, as each farmer received a digitally operated milking parlor with built-in teat cooling. Otherwise, gigantic stainless steel silos will dominate our urban silhouettes, and I think it's no exaggeration to talk about the Silicon Valley of the North. The following gag describes our business ethics quite well: Why do farmers wear rubber boots? Because there are no subsidies for laces.
            In local elections, CDU and SPD are consistently over 30 percent in all constituencies.
            "Nix made, only geschnackt" evening, my dear listeners, met in my city with Willy. There were only round tables, all sat together. Factory workers, their children, their teachers, coaches from the sports club, the contractor, the sculptor, the bum, the newcomer, the evacuee; I mean all of them. Then you talked. When it got explosive, they told a joke. Something against women, homosexuals, farmers or foreigners. They really tried not to let it escalate. Nobody had any trouble arguing, even though everyone was reportedly slobbering a lot of stupid stuff.
                
                
            An objection in today's discussions is often: "Now we have talked and now, what follows from it?" – such a thinking never came to us. On the contrary. A winged word meant, and it was not meant as a criticism: Nix made, only geschnackt.
            People did not claim to intervene in world affairs at all.
            And somehow this idyllic life of the Stammtisch, this highly cultivated conflict-avoidance zone, has become a land where the simplest of the simple no longer works. Namely the talking together without it comes after two minutes to communicative disasters.
            I admire all who enter these rooms.
                
            And now you come and have agreed to have a conversation with a stranger. They have been matched so that one of them is for rent with vibrating alarm, and the other prefers to use coal-fired heaters. So super opposite.
            And until yesterday evening I intended to tell you today, you prefer chewing gum, go home, what is the effort?
            For example, I never enter into dialogue and nowhere. I refuse the exchange wherever possible. Well, in my contract, however, is also column and not discuss. And frankly, my nerves are too weak for stories of sad childhoods in structurally weak, remote, rural areas. I just told it, I come myself from such a wasteland without removing the fiber optic network. I would only cry if my interlocutor tells me his story.
            But to stand here and call thousands of people "people, leave it!", I do not bring about the heart. For right now it is like this: If you want to stay intact, better shut up and retire.
            "You do not give up this land!" But you choose the more laborious way. Perhaps one of the motives for your participation in Germany speaks that you find that the cement of democracy must be led not only on a large scale between countries, parties and organizations – but also on a small scale. The goal of such a thing is never ideological Landgewinn, but only knowledge gain. For Wehner and Brandt this was called "change through rapprochement". That meant the opponent will be less opponents the closer you get to him mentally and physically.
            Regardless of whether your interest in your interlocutor is personally or politically motivated: you do not give up this country! You do not give your fellow man, who is in fundamental opposition to your opinion, his opinion. This is the highest and noblest form of resistance.
            Because there are just awkward political forces that no longer want us to be interested in each other. They want us to alienate ourselves so that they can divide us apart with their policies.
            They dare this approach. And I think it's good that you do that!
            Thank you!

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