How this started- background:
The trigger point for this project to start was when a colleague from university showed us some news about events, that were taking place in Germany (in autumn 2018 in Köthen and Chemnitz). When, after the the death of a person through tragic and unfortunate circumstances, refugees got harassed and scared and a massive wave of rumours, hate speeches and shocking stories went through the news. What shocked me, was not mainly the kind people that were involved (because people in Germany loved to talk about refugee crisis, no matter whether they are politically left or right oriented), but that the amount and the words used brought to light, how much hate and fear exists.
This situation resulted for me once more in the wish to be able to do something. To change something, for that fear and hate won’t have that much power in future. The question was, what I could do. Support other projects, go to demonstrations, yes. But I wanted to do something myself, as individual, even though I do not know if someone alone can actually do much. And the one thing I have is my voice.
But I cannot tell others what is right and what is wrong. Because if anyone knows what that is, it is not me and I think it is not a good method to tell people what they should and should not do. I won’t change anything through that. So I had the idea to write about other humans. And about humanity they showed or experienced.
What it means- stories and their aim:
We are many humans on Earth, too many one could say. That does not mean that not everyone would have a story worth to tell. Our own life consists of so many thoughts, emotions, events- and this exists in the mind of everyone else, millions of lives and their thoughts, feelings and stories. It is easy to forget when you see the numbers of people in an election, demonstration or catastrophe. It is easy to forget that behind every number is a person and its story.
We all heard some big stories of famous people. But the small stories of everyday are not less important. Everybody knows these kind of stories, either they have heard one, experienced it by others or showed humanity to someone else. These stories can move, inspire or at least give some hope and faith in humanity.
And this is my goal here, this is everything I can hope for. To read these stories and feel with the persons they belong to. That the reader listens to what drives or scares the story teller. We can learn and understand a lot through that. And I have this hope that with more understanding, our world will become more friendly and humane. At least these stories show elements that connect instead of divide us.
I am telling stories, because they have an unexpected power in changing peoples lives. Stories you heard as a little child, can grow with you and become a dream for the whole life. You never know where their message lands, but it can stay unexpected in someone’s mind. Many authors have written about that, I do not need to repeat all the meanings of stories, but I wanted to remind readers of their power: power to inspire, give hope and anergy, wake up, remind or distract.
With the texts here, I am telling a story myself, a narrative. And it is one about the good sides of humans, in the hope that if people are aware this side exists, they can see and also create it more often. I look at compassion, understanding, empathy and support. This is not to say that this is the only side that exists of humans. But since in news reports the small events, the everyday wonders and the positive are drowning in between newsworthy conflicts, I want us to see that this side exists as well.
There is no comment function because when telling stories, you should listen and not interrupt. Not everyone will agree and some might have a different opinion to some stories. But this is about listening. These are stories of others. If you want to tell your own, you can contact me directly.