Reflecting on History

Reflecting on History

This is a photo taken in the glass dome on top of the Reichstag. The mirrors are reflecting people below looking at and reading displays about the history of the building, Berlin and Germany.

Having lived in Germany for the better part of a year now, it's fairly obvious that Germans don't have any real aversion to self reflection. No pun intended.

To call the twentieth century a conflicted one for Deutschland would be to massively understate things but people don't shy away from the darker parts of their country's past and are pretty realistic in their assessment of what happened. It's not something that anyone is proud of but the past is the past. Make sure it doesn't happen again and move on with the future. One thing I can say for certain, I'm far more leery of right wing elements in US politics and media than of anything I see here. Even conservative politicians here in Germany sound perfectly reasonable and the discourse has none of the insanity that is plaguing American politics. To speak of my own home country, the conservative Harper government would love to ruin Canada with their ridiculous neocon agenda as well but since they have a minority government they have to tread lightly. Let's hope they're voted out on their miserable asses in the next election. Their nasty brand of politics simply does not belong north of the border.

For Germany, the end of the century brought about happier things with re-unification and the return of the Bundestag to Berlin. Having sat empty since the infamous fire that destroyed it in 1933, the Reichstag underwent a decade-long renovation and it is now the most visited attraction in Berlin in addition to being the centre of German government. The dome offers fantastic views and the museum is informative and really interesting.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 25 mm
35mm Focal Length: 38 mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 10
ISO: 250
Views: 1418
Taken: 2009-06-05 14:45:11
Posted: 2011-02-21 | 09:07





Reflecting on History

Reflecting on History

This is a photo taken in the glass dome on top of the Reichstag. The mirrors are reflecting people below looking at and reading displays about the history of the building, Berlin and Germany.

Having lived in Germany for the better part of a year now, it's fairly obvious that Germans don't have any real aversion to self reflection. No pun intended.

To call the twentieth century a conflicted one for Deutschland would be to massively understate things but people don't shy away from the darker parts of their country's past and are pretty realistic in their assessment of what happened. It's not something that anyone is proud of but the past is the past. Make sure it doesn't happen again and move on with the future. One thing I can say for certain, I'm far more leery of right wing elements in US politics and media than of anything I see here. Even conservative politicians here in Germany sound perfectly reasonable and the discourse has none of the insanity that is plaguing American politics. To speak of my own home country, the conservative Harper government would love to ruin Canada with their ridiculous neocon agenda as well but since they have a minority government they have to tread lightly. Let's hope they're voted out on their miserable asses in the next election. Their nasty brand of politics simply does not belong north of the border.

For Germany, the end of the century brought about happier things with re-unification and the return of the Bundestag to Berlin. Having sat empty since the infamous fire that destroyed it in 1933, the Reichstag underwent a decade-long renovation and it is now the most visited attraction in Berlin in addition to being the centre of German government. The dome offers fantastic views and the museum is informative and really interesting.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 25 mm
35mm Focal Length: 38 mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 10
ISO: 250
Views: 1418
Taken: 2009-06-05 14:45:11
Posted: 2011-02-21 | 09:07