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Christmas Time – A lie for most people

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Isn’t it a great time? Everyone likes everyone else and everything is just harmonic and friendly. Christmas markets, wine, nice biscuits and families are coming together. Theoretically a great thing, right? Well, I guess most of us are aware of that hidden sites of this special time. Is there any family earth which is without any fights and arguments? I haven’t heard of any. Is the stressful every day life just going away for these days?

A time of peace and preparation is what people tell you the christmas time is. I doubt that it is peaceful for everyone (not even on the other side of the world but here) .. and preparing? For what? What does christmas really stand for? The birth of Jesus Christ of course but what do “we” need to prepare for that? To me it seams like people are looking for an “opportunity” to be in a “peaceful time”. All the things we do in christmas time are more or less just about us – not really about Jesus at all. Do we really do it because of Jesus or because of what we would like to have ourselves?

Just remember how Jesus was born … not very peaceful and not harmonic at all. So all in all, apart from the fact that we remember Jesus his birth, there is not much of what we do with a biblical backup or reason behind. Is that bad now? Of course not! But why am I telling you this now? Because I think that christmas for most people (christians included) is mostly a very selfish thing. It is all about our feelings and that we feel good. Is that an appropriate behavior to honor the birth of the son of god?

Furthermore: We try make this time peaceful and special. And how about the rest of the year? Shouldn’t we try to be peaceful the whole year? I’m not talking about a few days set apart for the actual christmas day. But the whole month of December (which in most countries you would consider christmas time) what are we doing? And to hit the top of the mountain: What about the rest of the world? While we have  a peaceful nice time what is about the parts of the world where people die on a daily basis? Shouldn’t that make us think and potentially change something?

Made for the battle

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I just recently recognized how often women say “I do/don’t feel comfortable with that.”. For me that’s kind of a strange expression because I personally don’t “feel” as much as I think about things. Well that’s probably just a gender thing but it made me think about where I feel most comfortable. Generally it must be pretty tight up with what our passion is, what our heart beats for and what God has called/made us to do. When I look into my past and into recent situations where I certainly even “felt” comfortable I do see my passion in there: Fighting for justice.

So the question where I feel most comfortable I can boldly answer with: “In a battlefield.”. God made me to be a warrior for him and that’s what I’m gonna be – for real!

But what does it mean to be a warrior of God? Guys, honestly most of this stuff in this article is based on what John Eldridge writes in his book “Wild at heart” – if you haven’t read it: READ IT, it’s awesome! Well, back to topic. Being a warrior for God means to stand up for things that are right to do. To have the balls to open the mouth and protest against things that are not right. Fighting doesn’t necessarily involve physical fight (it might at some points) but it is a fight against yourself in the first place. You need to overcome the weak, false self-image that tells you “you don’t have it to do that” or “you are not made for this”. Once you overcome that you can start changing the world. It might be only a very small thing that you correct or change but imagine everyone would do that.

A good friend of mine just said to me “you are such a boy” and I corrected her “a man, not a boy”. She said that while I wrote this article and it made me think about if it is “childish” to see yourself as a warrior. But actually I realize now that it is not childish but rather “mature” to see yourself as something that high up. I mean it – of course – sounds over the top, thats clear. But the passion that lies behind and the energy that you get from it are way more important than any title. Besides no one should about what is childish or not – what count’s is what you actually “do”, not what you “say” or how you call it.

I close with a quote from John Eldridge: The world doesn’t need men who want to give what is needed, the world needs men who know what they can give.

Fight the battle of your heart!

Netzgemeinde, ihr werdet den Kampf verlieren!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Sehr geehrter Herr Heveling,

ich möchte Sie loben! Ihr Artikel hat mich wirklich unterhalten und hat mir das ein oder
andere Lächeln ins Gesicht gebracht.

Ich finde es bewundernswert dass Sie eine so hohe Meinung von sich haben
und meinen die aktuellen Weltzustände zu verstehen. Es gibt nicht wenige
Menschen die dies mit einer solchen Überzeugung tun und dabei noch
das Gefühl von absolutem Bewusstsein fehlender Kompetenz zu vermitteln.

Als ich Ihre Überschrift zunächst las habe ich mich vergewissern müssen,
dass es tatsächlich Ihr Titel für Ihren Kommentar ist, er wirkte sehr
humorvoll. Sie definieren damit sehr treffend einen Kampf. Der Kampf zwischen
Netzgemeinde und den Menschen wie Ihnen.

Sebastian Nerz von den Piraten legt Ihnen Nahe dass Sie sich mit den
Technologien seit 1960 einmal beschäftigen sollten. Nun ich bin mir
sicher dass Sie das haben, immerhin publizieren Sie Ihren Artikel
sogar im Internet.

Sie begeben sich in die Höhle des Löwen!
Mutig und stark treten Sie Ihrem Gegner entgegen.

Ich weiß nicht wie es Ihnen geht, aber ich habe einen weitreichenden Freundeskreis.
Tendenziell eher jüngere Menschen nutzen das Internet zunehmend aktiver und interaktiver.
Wikipedia und Google sind keine Fremdwörter und zählen zum Alltag (egal welche Altersgruppe).

Und nun möchte ich Ihnen ein Geheimnis offenbaren: Die Netzgemeinde existiert nicht. Es ist
unsere Gesellschaft, wie sie lebt und ist. Es gibt keinen Club mit “Internetnutzern” und alle anderen
sind normal. Sogar Obama bediente sich letztens moderner Techniken mittels Google+.

Sie schreiben, dass Sie das geistige Eigentum würde im Internet in Gefahr sein. Nun, ich sehe keine Grund
warum das so sein sollte. In einer Bücherei finden Sie immerhin auch alle Informationen und selbst Scanner können
dazu dienen diese zu kopieren (oder gar abschreiben könnte man es). Es müsste gar nicht mal das Internet
mit allen ach so schlimmen illegalen Seiten sein.

Der einfache und schlicht und ergreifend einzige Vorteil dieser Webseiten und Technologien ist denkbar einfach: Sie machen es schneller!

Denken Sie wirklich ohne Internet wäre unsere Welt und Gesellschaft anders? Warum das Rad zweimal erfinden?
Warum nicht gute Ideen aufgreifen und erweitern und gemeinsam die Welt verbessern? Warum nicht
schneller verbreiten, wenn es schneller geht?

Wie wäre es mit einem Denkansatz ala “Gemeinsam statt Einzeln”. Ohne Ideenaustausch würde es nur Einzelkämpfer geben.
Aber jetzt werden Sie natürlich sagen dass man für entsprechende Informationen (denn nur darum geht es im Internet) bezahlt werden
müssen. Nun, da muss ich Ihnen ganz klar sagen, dass ich es relativ peinlich finde, dass Sie davon ausgehen
dieses Konzept würde funktionieren.

Denken Sie das tut es? Industriespionage, Ideenklau, Abändern, Patentwahn, Abzocke und Korruption sind erfahrungsgemäß
die Ergebnisse dieses Ansatzes.

Und warum gibt es überhaupt Streit darum? Weil der Mensch offenbar nicht einsieht, dass er für eine Idee Geld bezahlen soll.

Aber heißt dass das man dadurch kein Geld verdienen kann? Nein, denn dazu liefern wir Piraten einige sehr interessante
und zukunftsträchtige Alternativmodelle. Aber dazu müssten Sie sich informieren tiefer in die Materie einsteigen – ich
wage zu bezweifeln dass Sie das tun werden.

Ich hoffe Sie werden meine E-Mail überhaupt lesen – es würde Ihnen gut tun und könnte Ihre Weltansicht verändern.

Mit der Hoffnung aber ohne Erwartung auf Antwort
Ralph Küpper

Antwort auf den Artikel: http://www.handelsblatt.com/meinung/gastbeitraege/gastkommentar-netzgemeinde-ihr-werdet-den-kampf-verlieren/6127434.html

wikileaks – is it political?

Friday, December 31st, 2010

During the last weeks many news came out about wikileaks. I was really supprised that an online magazine like “Spiegel ONLINE” (Germany) speaks so positive about wikileaks. It expected that they stand behind the USA Goverment, as MasterCard, Paypal, Visa and the Bank of America. But it seams that even now some newspapers (NYT, The Guardian, Spiegel) do not do everything what the USA says. :-)

Well I am slightly off-topic .. the question is: is wikileaks a political organisation or not? To answer this question we do not need to thing too much. We have just to take a look at the work wikileaks does. What is that? Exactly – publishing news. There is indeed no bigger difference between a normal newspaper and wikileaks.

Wikileaks is just publishing what already exists. It is a messagener, but not the source of the information. So why is the US shooting at wikileaks by blocking everything they can block? The media that has published the contents of wikileaks are Spiegel, NYT and more .. wikileaks just gave up it’s face (=Julian Assange) to protect the source behind the information … but is that not human right? Being save in case of publishing a crime.

Wikileaks

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

I really dont like the way of fighting against wikileaks, what the goverment of the USA currently does. And furthermore I really dont like that Mastercard, Visa, Amazon, Paypal and even the Bank of America follow the call of the goverment and stop every relationship with wikileaks, which was quite good until the last publications.

So today, I saw this very cool video which was published via the twitter account of wikileaks. By the way: It’s a glad thing that facebook, twitter and google (= youtube) support wikileaks in a way of not ignoring.

By the way, Skelpo offered wikileaks to spent a mirror as well as others already did. I dont think business should deal with the political persons and goverments – but is wikileaks political? Is there any party behind of it? Of course some parties like the pirate ones or liberate ones support wikileaks, but wikileaks itself is independent of everything. It is just the messenger, no judgement. Wikileaks tries to keep the right of free press and free publications of information. This is nothing of political stuff, this is a human right world-wide. So we from Skelpo do not support politics, we support human rights of free press and free publications of information.