J. F. Kennedy

J. F. Kennedy

“Ich bin ein Berliner!” This famous words are from JF Kennedy. Every body knows them. He has spoken them when he visited the western part of Berlin which was a that time segregated from the eastern, communistic part of Germany. It seems that the people who were listening began to cry after Kennedys words and you may think, this is because Kennedy told them that he actually feeled like one of them.

But that were not all the words form Kennedy and it is a typical example how the meaning of some words can be changed completely if only part of them are delivered.

What he realy sayed was this: “2000 years ago, if you were born in the anciant Rom you had all the roman rights and the sentence “I am a Roman!” meant that you are a free man. Nowadays, if you want to tell that you are a free man you have to say “I am a Berliner!””

So what Kennedy has said is completely different from what you would think if you hear only the last words. But both meanings are fantastic and able to make people cry. So, it does not matter.

Luther

Luther

Did you know that Martin Luther did not went to monestary and became a priest because he was almost thunderstruck. Our teacher used this funny explanation in school and I was deeply impressed by it when I was a boy.

Much more later I read a book about important historical persons. This book contained an excerpt about the “Luthers Tischreden”, a script of speeches he made during daily dinners. One of the students living in Luthers house wrote down the speeches. And there you can read the explanation of Luther himself!

Why he went to menestary in Luthers words: “My parents were so grim in education that I fleed in the arms of the priests. One day I was beaten almost to blood becaus of some stolen cherries!”

It was all a matter of education, something psychological. It had nothing to do with luck or god.