I prefer the temperatures here!
Right now in December, yes, definitely.
I would say both.
About 5 years ago, I guess. Since then, the contact between some people has declined further.
I started to realize a certain social coldness when a friend showed me a Facebook application that deletes all of those friends who liked the page of the German right-wing nationalist party, the „Alternative for Deutschland“ (AfD).
Of course! At first, I thought: „Cool!“. But then I came to realize that generally denying to talk to people kills the democratic core principle of verbal exchange. I know people who voted for the AfD. They are loud and argue irrationally, but they are by no means extremist. In confidential talks, some listen very closely. It's hard to stay respectful when your dialogue partner isn't. But sometimes it's worth it.
The conflict between left and right has become ever so intense and nasty.
Well, usually not physically. There's been violence, but when I check my social media accounts, I sometimes get the feeling that there's a real war going on.
That’s a good question. To be honest, I never thought about it that way. The manner in which some people fight is disgusting. But you're probably right: in the long-term, it is the conflict itself that’s important.
The question is, what do you mean by „true democracy“?
Yes, for sure. Aggressive people would need to adopt a peaceful approach. In a democratic future, there is no place for hate.
God forbid! Democracy and freedom are way too valuable. You can't fight anti-democrats with anti-democratic measures, that’s a dangerous conclusion. We need to learn how to talk again.
Text by Mohamed Sadok Chelbi, photo by Konrad Horsch