Ebola is like climate change. The floods and droughts that are its result kill thousands in places like Bangladesh or Australia, while in Germany, there’s panic.

The things that actually affect far-away countries fuel our fears. Disasters in Africa or Asia hit a nerve with us. It’s our fear for our existence – German angst. We feel deeply sorry for the fate of these other people, then we overreact when it comes to our own wellbeing. Because we somehow want to have control over things, and we’ll do almost anything to get it. We’re over-insured, our average age is increasing, we retire early and we “shape” our lives. We’re branded by the “no-claims” mentality. If we could, we’d take out insurance against death by Ebola. It’s pretty paranoid. [Read more]

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