There are two sides to German culture and it's modern society.
One side of Germany is celebration of qualities like punctuality, hard work and precision etc. All of them, very admirable qualities and I am grateful to have seen them and experienced them.
Another side of Germany is that the cliche is true in a way, that there are too many machines and too less soul. I don't know if it's the past or what it is.But it feels like the country has overcompensated in promoting certain themes at the expense of suppressing many other themes.
Although the society is materially well off compared to other places in the world, yet they have their own visible and invisible prisons.
100 years ago many German philosophers and writers explored spiritual, metaphysical aspects of humanity.Germany was famous for it's writers and poets then.
Currently the philosophers,writers,artists and spirtualits seem to be in exile.And all you see is car, insurance and real-estate companies everywhere.
In a way the Philosopher, Writers and Artists of Old Germany have been replaced by Car, Insurance and Real-Estate zombies of New Germany and you notice the effect on the contemporary society. You can sense invisible prisons everywhere.
"Freedom of the Soul", if I use that phrase here, the people here will look at me like I am from planet Mars, speaking gibberish language. That's why I keep these themes out of discussion most of the time, especially when I interact with the mainstream average society here. They won't get me and I won't get them, so we don't have to waste each others time.
If you are not from local German culture and you want to do creative work and want to bring some very new ideas into the world, then Germany is probably one of the more challenging countries for doing something truly creative and very new. "Being risk-averse", "Less-trust-about-new-ideas", "Super-conservative" based on my experience all these phrases are synonymous with the average mainstream German society. The flip side is that if you can transform your creative and new ideas into results in Germany, then you can replicate that more fluidly in other parts of the world as well.
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Ashish Anand (Founder, Unleash Your Power)