Problem? What problem?

The longer I live and work in Germany, the stranger it gets. This makes me wonder whether I live in a particularly strange country or a strange neighborhood, work at a weirdo university, on an oddball campus, or that, perhaps, I just attract a peculiar type of people around me.

One of the stranger aspects of life here, I find the local approach to problem-solving. As in any other place, things go wrong all the bloody time. That’s normal, and to be expected, I suppose. I have messed up, and still mess up, all the time. The right thing to do in such a situation is identify the core problem, and fix the core problem. In my view that’s how you make things better. If you break a leg, you get it fixed – not just take some pain pills and a band-aid.

Wherever I go, this place is held together with zip ties, multipurpose glue and band-aids. And those are just the problems that were at least temporarily fixed. At least something was done to fix things. Often though, the core problem remains. And why would you want to solve that?

At least as common, problems are simply completely ignored, as ignorance is bliss. Or maybe even worse, they’re turned into someone else’s problems. Examples range from the rather innocent ‘I have this shitty task that I don’t like so much, let’s make someone else responsible for it and call it delegating’ – which we’re all guilty of here and there – to ‘I have a problem, but if I throw this other person under the bus, at least it’s not mine to deal with’.

I see it all around me. The building I live in. The building I work in. The campus I work on. The systems I am forced to work within.

Nobody fucking cares.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

One thought on “Problem? What problem?

  1. Re “ignorance is bliss”…and “nobody fucking cares”

    You are right. A lack of caring is systemic, and as you so well know “ignorance is not bliss” and they go hand in hand…

    Ignorance of lies and deceptions (=most mainstream news and establishment decrees) is bliss because exposing yourself to that is self-propagandization.

    Ignorance of truths is not, or only temporarily or rarely, bliss because it is ultimately self-defeating.

    The FALSE mantra of “ignorance is bliss”, promoted in the latter sense, is a product of a fake sick culture that has indoctrinated its “dumbed down” (therefore TRULY ignorant, therefore easy to control) people with many such manipulative slogans. You can find the proof that ignorance is never bliss (only superficial fake bliss), and how you get to buy into this lie (and other self-defeating lies), in the article “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” at

    “Blissful” believers in “ignorance is bliss” — blissfully stupid people — are nearly always self-destructive indifferent uncaring ignoramuses and/or members of herd stupidity… speaking of which, with the letters of “omicron” an alleged Covid variant you can spell “moronic”

    And further speaking of stupid herd people not getting the glaringly obvious truth/ie not getting the constant onslaught of BIG lies of the official authorities……

    “2 weeks to flatten the curve has turned into…3 shots to feed your family!” — Unknown

    “If ‘ignorance is bliss’ –there should be more happy people.” — Unknown


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