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 January 2010 - Nr. 1
Happy New Year from Echo Germanica

The edior: Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

Dear Reader

As I am sitting here in the warm embrace of my home I pity the creatures outside that have been forgotten by those who should be their best friends, humans. But as we can observe a general state of irresponsibility and inability to communicate even to people in our own families, forget other countries, we should not be surprised by the fact that animals suffer greatly at the hands of humans. Children are neglected and abused, so are woman and certainly animals.

It boggles the mind to think that we live in the year 2010 and still are capable of such barbarism, and thinking all the while that genetic engineering and implanted chips and drugs will be the end-all of such behavior.

I would like to point out that new lies do not erase old truths, and that what was workable before is not necessarily in need of replacing. Body, mind and spirit are a cohesive whole; separating the 3 parts is a secret best learned outside the realm of materialism, in disciplines and arts of a spiritual nature, that deal with the purpose of life and its components, rather than fields that dwell on the physical universe as the only solution to mankindís ailments.

The solutions to manís dilemma are definitely not found in the annals of capitalism, nor communism. However, what was once considered strictly the realm of the imagination has found to have profound influences on our behaviour and survival potential as sentient beings consisting of body, mind and spirit. In the study of these we find amazing answers that rival some sciences in findings and clarity of thought, in miraculous revelations, if we are willing to look and explore, rather than dismiss in disdain.

The fears with which we are confronted daily through the triggering bad news of an environment that appears to be nothing but dangerous immobilize us to real possibilities for real change. We are reeling from the snide remarks whispered to us in confidence by so called friends, or shouted at us with authority in the news and from governments. We have abdicated our rights to decide for ourselves and take third party advice without looking for ourselves for the simple solutions that could be put into motion for betterment.

We have handed over our responsibilities to entities we do not even know personally, thus we can be abused unsuspectingly of our rights, our so called human rights, which grew as a universal reference in Canada to be held up high as a shining beacon of freedom for all.

And what has become of that? We see abuse everywhere but do very little about it. It is likely that we do not know our rights well enough to ask for them to be observed strictly and diligently. When we see something that appears wrong we just shake our heads and say: What can I do?

We forget that something can always be done about it. We just have to get a bit smarter and not leave everything to those we elected in good faith. They are subject to the same pressures of this universe as the rest of us and they can fail us, and have, as we know.

New Year celebration in a German clubWe invite you to participate in this process, as we are preparing this year to add a stronger voice for human rights. Stay tuned for the development of a dialogue. We can no longer afford to sit quietly and let everything go down the river.

We are humanity; we have to change ourselves and those around us, no one else is going to do it for us.
Happy New Year
I wish all of us a wonderful and interesting New Year, lots of positive changes that we can bring about together.

Happy New Year

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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