Berlin Diaries …*

… though they will not be from Berlin only …

There is a special charm, a witchery in every new beginning (Hesse)

… and having moved to Berlin is surely a beginning, and charming, bewitching if we take it in a very broad sense, with a variety of connotations – those that are commonly attributed and others.

Having moved …, actually at the very moment of launching this site, I am still doing so, but that would be another story. Here it is about … well, different things that are here gathered under the title of personal reflections by somebody who was going to find a haven of peace, but who was increasingly drawn into the restlessness of the universe.

Impressions – they do not come in a specific order – and this ordering is part of what life, living personality is about. And it is also – leaving all materiality aside – in some way a meta.empiricism: what we perceive does exist, objectively, materially – it is the perception of having, not having and equally of need and want. But nevertheless, all this is also depending on context and interpretation and … ordering, making.

Max Ernst’s”Egyptian Eye”

Making also by accident – as that “eye”, a meaningless, worthless pebble, failing as exhibit, but at least integrating in what became surreal – something (a pebble) made to be a valuable eye and indeed establishing a culture au-dessus de la réalité, sur la réalité – “positioned above reality”, while actually emerging from the very ground … – but all this is worthwhile to have a special look at later.

For the time being, one thing remains crucial – “you are always looking for and spotting the ugly” I once had been confronted with a statement like this, and “confronted” referred in that case not an analytical skills or even what may be called “neutral statement”. The diaries of those years in Rome – the quote is from those years – have never been written. — The other day a friend said something similar, though also something that had been completely different and …, well, it belongs to the current diaries, though another volume headed “Global Terms and Conditions”: you are always so serious, so sincere. Serious, sincere, hard-working have a different meaning when we talk about it, nobody really knowing what the meaning is: the commitment, goal-orientation, assertiveness … of a people and of people living in dynasties, and later standing up against the superpower(s) and …, and also just doing the work simply to survive. It finds its expression when a friend says it to me, at first glance suggesting that I would deny the pleasures of life; at second glance, admitting that work is a not a leisure but still a pleasure activity; third, then, often laughing about …, well, call it stupidities and nothingness of life. And there will be a bit of everything in the different “boxes” to follow, each open in itself and open to each other.

A somewhat technical remark. There are two parts, the first, more to the bottom, a table in chronological order, the first, a relaunch after some longish time of the series having been dormant, taken up, beginning with looking back, and continuing — well, while writing, I presume it may be some form of balance act: living in Berlin and Changsha, perhaps I could also have started a new playlist, with the said title: “Global Terms and Conditions”

* After uploading the first two recordings I learn about the work undertaken by Paul Parin, who published as part of the work the book with the title “Die Weissen denken zuviel” (The White Man is thinking too much”, an exclamation from a member of the Dagons in Westafrika – no title-Plagiarism had been intended or even taken into consideration as being possible – at the time of using the words I did not even know about the earlier use by the unknown Dagon.

See below for the for first set, between 22.4.2019 and 25.2.2020

12/10/2021 defiance getting lost between worlds
 03/10/2021II-1_80 giorni patria — if ever, not anymore
Peter Herrmann’s Berlin DiariesAn introduction
Re-Launch October 2021Re-Launch October 2021Re-Launch October 2021


22/4/20191 – May be I am thinking too much – therefore it is difficult to liveHumming – first impressions
22/4/20192 – May be I am thinking too much – therefore it is difficult to liveFirst orders
28/4/20193 – Thinking is Inner Feeling?Finally values?
3/4/20194 – Politics – Spiritual or Real?Reflections on May Day
21/5/20195 – Having Time – That is what Economic Development is aboutThe Difficulty of Remaining Small …
02/06/20196 – Beware the Beginnings …Fundamentalism – something else
22/07/20197 – Friends – Conditions, Decisions, Freedom intimate relations – what holds the world together at its core?
30/07)20198 – Society – Paradise lost?is there anything that is worthwhile to be called society as an “inner belt”
18/08/20199 – FromMarx to Hegel and forwards to Marxsystems of inner discrimination
27/08/201910 – Lost Groundsearch for standards – search for freedom
01/09/201911 – Ubi societas ibi juswho defines
17/10/201912 – new dimensions of the global villageA village with different rooms or a globe, insurmountable borders?
10/11/201913 – Every little helpsBig and small understandings
23/12/201914 – Arrived – Arrivato -Angekommen – arrivéelocating somewhere and arriving somewhere – nuances…
25/12/201915 – Settling.. settling … actually a never ending story

16 – watching the wheels

going around and around and around … – it seems to be an eternal movement without much excitement ,,, and then we look from author angle, opening the view on something – seemingly at least – entirely new. It is not easy to find a place within all this
5/1/202017 – springfestival – the largest global migration 
springfestival is supposedly the largest global migration. Remarkable, considering that there are supposedly no relevant borders anymore, the entire world tour fingertip … and still
16/01/202018 – A City, Country … getting a feeling for herselfPlaces as physical spaces and as political stages can be described, easily. But living them, being actor may be different to what textbooks say about it.
22/01/2202019 – parts and entiretyliving in different places always means a bit living between worlds. And so much as this means at times tensions, it equally means to be able to understand a but better that we are doing this anyway: between the world of rules and rulers, reflecting there specific here and now as much as it is “integrating different times and locations. Int is ask about just the normal was we are living …, every day very much the same though rather exciting when looking at it from the birds nest
22/01/202020 – scraps of reality
As Marx stated, “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” thus it is worthwhile to look at the various “incidents” of life and living – nit the entraining American in Paris, more the reflecting, hesitant foreigner in today’s China.
8/02/202021 –scraps of reality IIThere is the general gist that another world is possible – but if it is suggested it barely tries to arrive at some (s)pace for quiet reflection …
09/02/202022 – crisisOf course, the virus — But it is not a Person to be CONFRONTED WITH; IT IS A “SITUATION”
25/02/202023 – Moving OnOne thing is something; another thing is what is made out of it – on the virus crisis and the crises of “Western democracies”
Re-Launch October 2021Re-Launch October 2021Re-Launch October 2021
 03/10/2021II-1_80 giorni patria — if ever, not anymore
12/10/2021 defiance  getting lost between worlds