Letter home: From a world citizen who doesn’t feel any worse

#008 Culture Lake II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))

Thank you very much for your rich and engaging letter. I would also like to stress that I love you, unconditionally.

Please take care and follow your heart, no matter what others are saying. Even if criticism between people can lead to counter criticism, I believe that “the world” in the actual/wider sense is waiting for each of us equally. I want no one to think she/he is less valuable than anyone else because there is absolutely no reason for that.

I also see you as the child you were before the strange boy has just knocked you down. The child you were before your parents possibly did not open too many developments and career opportunities to you. Our environment is shaping us; we cannot escape that influence. Some may think I am a spoiled child. In fact, I was lucky enough to have seen, heard, and imagined so much. Thanks for your support too. And now I have been living in an entirely different culture for four years. My citizen privileges are gone. I am here a foreigner. For this, I am grateful, and I believe it is precisely what causes my duty to live according to these insights and pass on my experiences to encourage others.

If a leader with manipulation and violence can plunge the world into chaos and if a global economic system allows so much poverty, why cannot education, love, and cooperation create peace and reduction of suffering instead of ever more competition? If I did not believe in it, then I would indeed be for an honest system of the right/survival of the stronger. Then a “Wild West” approach would be less hypocritical than today’s policy of “free” market/finance and war economy. Poverty has nothing to do with weakness but with social disadvantage. And it’s easy to be smart, but hard to be kind.

I do not know about every car accident or gossip around the corner, but I know, e.g. quite well about how the world’s largest corporations, information networks, and the governing powers do work these days. I’ve come around, got contacts and read extensively from different sources, including all the science articles worldwide which I have access to thanks to my studies. Trump is representative of a phenomenon (a majority of the electorate) and is important because he does rule the world’s most powerful country that used to represent the Western and our values too, no? If we approve of this policy, there is the risk that we will be as proud of us as those who have simply listened to and watched Hitler. It is even worse because the hustle now is much more evident, but no less seductive, unfortunately. I have looked at dozens of Trump’s and his people’s speeches in detail and followed the events so far before I consciously come to say this. I assume you know that Trump reverses many achievements of recent decades (e.g., climate protection, promotion of science, separation of powers (especially justice, i.e., Supreme Court), regulation (e.g., financial systems after recent financial crises), freedom of expression and (relatively) independent media, equality) and that the new administration, against countless legal questions (Tax evasion, Muslim ban, contacts with Russia, the presidency to promote the family and its businesses, racist and anti women’s statements, etc.) is publishing a political line as follows:

“Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Not be questioned! We are dealing with an authoritarian demagogue. This is relevant to world politics. Working internationally, and as an expatriate, I began to see more and more beyond national borders, and I cannot forget the existence of poverty in this world. Injustices that are not self-imposed, and of which I was not aware of while living my comfortable back home either. My circumstances made me more of a world citizen.

Last but not least, I found that learning and teaching, volunteering, painting, and writing are more important to me than a too strong focus on consumption and valuing material possessions. I do not feel any worse, on the contrary. Better than ever, I am prepared to connect positive forces and concepts for innovative approaches to more human communities and economies, using the local and global power of science, technology and virtues of human kind.

Human beings cannot escape the most fundamental law of life in any moment: lifetime cannot be bought, and we all die. The most important currency, I think, therefore is “time.” That is why your visit here was worth so much. Many Thanks.

It is important to me that I will visit you again too. And if there is anything, anytime … Please let us keep each other up to date. All love and see you soon


  • ?
    Yep, got all the info right.
    I hate it but it’s true what he’s doing. ?
    Living here, it scares me.
    He doesn’t represent me or my thoughts or who I am!
    It’s embarrassing to me…
    It all makes me sick…

  • Thank you Mathias from a friend north of the border. The recent announcement of a 20% border tax on goods imported from Canada has us scratching our heads. Among the many goods we export to the US crude petroleum hit 3-4 million barrels a day this year. It accounts for 45% of US crude petroleum imports. The only way we can read it means the US citizens will pay 20% more for the fuel costs. Doesn’t sound logical nor does it build a strong business plan.

    • Hi Dennis. Thanks for your comment and indeed, a good example; I didn’t know. We’ll see how much more confusion is required until we’ll see bigger changes …. All the best!

  • Travel and living abroad definitely changes the way one looks at things. (And when did it become out of fashion for US students to only speak on e language? For ages it was said that a person who only spoke one language or who had never traveled often tended to be naive, limited in vision/understanding, and poorly educated.)

    • Hi. Thank you for your comment. I fully agree with your point, that we can broaden our horizon and understanding by walking in people from other regions/countries/cultures’ shoes. Maybe books can bridge some distance too (in case one cannot afford the physical travel)? All the best