There’s No One Left to Insult
So Martin Schulz doesn’t like golfers. Is that so bad? Having to like everybody may be evidence of societal advance. But it’s not healthy.
Martin Schulz, who always chooses his words with care, probably had no idea of the reaction he would elicit with his remark that he was “more interested in golf carts than in golfers.” The arrogance of these people — golfers — was endangering “the core of German industry.” To be sure, there was no hullaballoo in the social media, but there were strong reactions.
First and foremost, the president of the German golf association pointed out to candidate Schulz that there are 1.8 million golfers in Germany, among them quite a few SPD sympathizers. Sahra Wagenknecht commented: “Schulz is wrong. SPD is interested in neither golf carts nor golfers, but in golfing dictators who buy weapons.”
That was pretty funny, but it missed the real point. Schulz has unintentionally highlighted a problem. There is no one you can, in good conscience, insult anymore. Unlike the era of Franz Josef Strauß, who casually announced in 1970: “I’d rather be a cold warrior than a warm brother.”
There are good reasons that pejorative references to homosexuals, Jews, the handicapped, gypsies, freemasons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are beyond the pale. The negative feelings against these groups have not disappeared, but it is best to keep such feelings to yourself.
Antipathies Are Human
The same goes for single mothers, bicyclists, small allotment gardeners, pedestrians, the autistic, left-handers, vegetarians, vegans, hair-dressers, dyslexics, people with lactose intolerance and gluten allergies, women who publicly nurse their babies, nudists, patrons of the Bayreuth Wagner festival, soccer fans and people who watch RTL-II television.
One false word and you face an accusation of “group-related misanthropy.” That may be evidence of social progress, but it is not healthy. Love of neighbor is not boundless. It has to be possible to dislike someone. Antipathies, too, are a part of the human repertoire.
So who else is there to dislike? People who drive diesel cars, people who don’t separate their trash, parents who home-school, Christians who celebrate a Latin mass, homeopaths who prescribe little white pills, and dog owners who don’t clean up after their animals. That’s all there is, and that is quite noticeable these days. The times are exciting. Only the politics are boring.
|1.||Broder uses the word, “s**tstorm” which is not treated as a swear-word in German, but is in English. The eccentricities of languages and their borrowings.|
|2.||Long-time communist, now a prominent member of die Linke.|
|3.||Warm brother = homosexual.|
|4.||Broder himself is Jewish, and to some extent empowered by that fact to complain about the establishment. He is more likely than not to find the official Jewish organization in Germany either ridiculous or maddening in its haste to appease the establishment.|