Instant trust

Ointment for the exploited consumer society It may be that there’s something in the theory that our trust is vanishing, because the condition necessary for trust is becoming scarce – uprightness. Who, in a consensus society, still has the courage to publicly state unpalatable truths? Which politician, philosopher, scientist, journalist or businessman hasn’t long since mutated into a media figure, reinventing himself each morning ...

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Blue gold

Water on the stock exchange Water, or more precisely, drinking water, is currently considered as a red-hot investment tip on the stock exchange. It may seem strange to entrust a basic neces­sity of life such as water (with clean air maybe coming next?) to commerce. But the contest for the water mar­ket, running into billions, has been going on for some time now. So ...

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Intuition is omniscient

How to deal rationally with intuition We think that we make the best decisions with rational deliberation. By contrast, our emotions are unreliable. Passion, in particular, has always been viewed as something not to be trusted.   The ancient Greeks already considered intellect and reason as the supreme authority within ourselves. And passion? The Greeks called it “pathos”, and pathology, the science of diseases, ...

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Stage directing – a split between role and »I«

Stage directing means fascinating and is fascinating. Stage directing is flying, hovering and taking off. Ensuring enough reality for oneself and for the public is perhaps paradoxically the most important objective of every stage direction.   Our theatrical everyday life The word »directing« and expressions which are directly associated with it have long since divorced themselves from the context of the proverbial muses’ temple ...

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The morbidity of Venice and bold visionaries of modern architecture

Between conversations, silence and tranquillity A portrait of the photographer Ingrid von Kruse Vendramina Marcello has a faint, almost imperceptible smile around the corners of her mouth. Ingrid von Kruse calls her La Dogaressa, since the first Doge of Venice is said to have come from her ancient family. Her fine, little curls are tamed and held closely in place around her head by ...

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