The power of Youth (3)

February 2nd, 2013 by eichler3caspar3s

by Caspar-D. Eichler (1993), HPS Buxtehude/Germany

Has the Youth finally grown up? Some would guess NO.


 The development of the young generation was still limited in a rather conservative society shaped by a traditional value system.  Thus they had no chance to develop in free conditions; they rose up against the generation of their parents and the old elite. As a result the following decade was full of conflicts between the youth and the old generation. These two conflicting generations or contrary points of view led to new ways of life. They demonstrated against nuclear power and the Vietnam War, they gave up old traditions by founding new groups and communes and in order to lead a more modern life.

The 68 revolution was not only a political movement but also youth movement; it was the spirit of this new generation. “It was impossible to have no political statement!” remembered Mrs. Haffkner. The “Peace and Love” movement was the biggest of the time. In the 1970s this movement ended, but political issues like the oil crisis, cold war were still important topics


This evaluation was taken in Prag. 39 peasants were asked.


To say the youth isn’t political at all is simply wrong. Although the statistics say the opposite, the youth is active in politics, but in different ways, in comparison to the past. The question if the young people’s attitudes towards politics have changed has to be answered with Yes. The development and the circumstances which led to this change will be discussed in the following chapter.

Why doesn’t the youth participate in the political system?

 There isn’t ONE big political movement but many individual political views and protests. The term “political” has to be changed. Being political means nowadays not protesting against great political problems (like against the war in Afghanistan), but rather having political standpoints. Considering this, the question is:  If the Youth is more active in politics than we think, why don’t they participate in the German political system?

  1. The Youth has lost its confidence in politics. This is caused by the failures of the educational   system.  Because the young people don’t understand the difficult rhetoric used by politicians. As a consequence, they think that the politicians aren’t reliable.

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  1. Another point is that most young people are involved in school, college and university. So there is time to attend to current political issues. Also the mental pressure is an important point. As an example the period of time students have to attend to school in order to get their high-school diploma is shortened from 13 to 12 years.
  1. A Reason why there isn’t any strong political movement as in 68 is a change in the family structure. That also causes the different political involvement in past and present. Previously, there was a strong family structure, with the father as head. Therefore they demanded self-determination.

Nowadays the family structures permit more liberties. These young people crave order and structure.

Has the youth lost its innovation?


How can we get the youth get active in politics?

  1. The best way of getting an adolescent understands the difficult rhetoric of politics is a debating society at school, like many British school have it.
  1. A place on campus where they can get information about current political issues and where they can debate on these.
  1. We need no political movements like the 68’. In addition there aremany smallprotestgroups. Like the photo shows.


 In conclusion, the youth knows a lot about politics and wants to be more active in politics. But to get the youth participate in the political system, the state has to invest. Investing in debating societies, investing in political forum, and investing in young people means to invest sustainable in the future.

The youth have their standpoints and they support them. Young people haven’t lost their innovation yet.

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April 17th, 2012 by eichler3caspar3s


contains respect, acceptance and appreciation

Principles of conduct

by Caspar-David Eichler (1993), HPS Buxtehude/Germany

Coming together, curious about gaining new experiences

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We need to accept, appreciate and respect the people we interact with and the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human; therefore tolerance has a great importance in everyday life. And particularly in the modern world, tolerance is more essential than ever before. It is an age marked by the globalization of the economy and by rapidly increasing mobility, communication, integration and interdependence.

Each must live as he sees fit. (Frederic the Great, King of Prussia)

The states and cultures of Europe have always been diverse in their composition. The opening of borders, globalization of markets and production, worldwide migration and new communication technologies suggest this trend will continue. Europe is a place where people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds can live together. So diversity is both a fact and a project to be pursued for the future. The future of Europe depends not only on the acceptance of diversity but also on the quality of the integration of immigrants. It is so easy to take each other for granted. In the hurry of responsibilities and the pressure of getting things done, we often forget the importance of letting people know how much they are truly appreciated.

The question to be discussed is whether people from different social groups manage to live together peacefully as equals.

,,Tuishi pamoja” (pronounced tuischi pamodscha) is Swahili and means “We want to live together.”

If we always thought about these “principles of conduct” Europe would be a more merciful and more fraternal community than ever before, because the principles of conduct are harmony in difference. But of course we should not only think it, but we should act accordingly.