General living conditions – Contribution of Germany to the improvement of the conditions of the people in the whole world

by  Philine Behrens (1995), Melissa Meier (1994), Franziska Graf (1995) & Jessica Reinhardt (1995)  Halepaghen-Schule Gymnasium Buxtehude Germany.

Reading the following story, you will hopefully get a good impression of how the two popular German speaking men, Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer, managed to help the word getting advanced, each of them in his own way…

Once upon a time in heaven when lightnings and thunders disturbed the common silence, the Almighty went out to see what was happening. He discovered two men having an argument. One angel being on edge looked at him saying “The Alberts are fighting again.” The Almighty rolled the eyes thinking “Oh my dear… It isn’t always an advantage to be popular. Both improved the world by inventing important things which helped the world to advance but recently they’ve only been arguing about who’s the best!”

Almighty: “Hey Guys stop fighting there isn´t any reason!”

Albert Einstein: “Yes there is. Albert – I mean, not me but the other one – said social commitment is more important than physical advance.”

Albert Schweitzer: “But it´s true! I even founded a tropical hospital in Lambaréné (Africa) to help the poor and change the world! And this is really more important than drawing some atoms.”

Albert Einstein.: ”You have no idea of physical invention. It´s quite more than just drawing atoms. Let me explain: It was me who invented the “theory of relativity”. It says that in the area of the highest speeds (speed of light) space, time and masses are relative. They also depend on the observer. In fact it consists of two theories. I’m going to explain it in an easy way so that even you can probably understand it! In 1905 I published my “special theory of relativity”. It expresses that talking about one hour, you don’t always talk about an equal amount of time. It can pass slower and faster which depends on the speed with which you move. In 1906 I published the “general theory of relativity” which deals with the space time.
These are just a few examples for my ingenious work! Anyway, in 1921 I even got the Nobel Prize for Physics! This is something, YOU can’t claim of yourself, can you?”

Albert Schweizer: “Just stop annoying me, please! It was me who got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952! My work as a mission doctor in Lambaréné was full of harm. It isn’t easy to see helpless people dying while you often can’t do anything for them because their diseases are too harsh. However, I always continued to show the world there’s a need to help! Respecting the life belongs to one of my strongest aims. Furthermore, I published theological and philosophic writings and I worked on music, particularly focussing on works of Johann Sebastian Bach. As you can see, I was not only active in one area like you! Instead, I’m versatile …”

Almighty: “To tell you the truth, I sometimes have the impression that you’re both very smart men but inside yourselves, your feelings are blind. Or are you blinded by your success? I don’t know. What I do know is that the world needs both of you. What would the world be like nowadays if the physicians had lived but not the persons having shown social commitment? There would be a lot of physical advance, but no social life. The weak persons wouldn’t have any chance to survive and the society would be selfish indeed.
On the other hand, if the world only provided social commitment but no physical advance, there perhaps would be living conditions like in earlier centuries! Just imagine the people from today without cell phones, cars and washing machines…”

Albert Einstein: “Well…. that’s ridiculous!”

Albert Schweitzer: “But he’s right. We should be proud of our inventions and not fight about who’s the best! I’m sorry for my behavior!”
Albert Einstein: “Never mind, we’re both to blame for this argument. Let’s get along and just be happy about our life’s work together!”
Almighty: “That’s the point! Finally, you’re both my “glorious Alberts from Germany”!”

5 Responses to “General living conditions – Contribution of Germany to the improvement of the conditions of the people in the whole world”

  1. I think it’s a very accurate saying. During studying a foreign language, people don’t learn only the language but also about other countries. They want to know more about this country. It’s useful in the future. For example, if the people go to the countries and don’t know basic habits, they can find some trouble. And you can ask, why? It’s easy, because people are attached to their habits and don’t like them not being respected. So it’s really true that learning languages is also learning about the country.
    PS: Oh, you wrote about hindi. It’s a really great culture. At one time I was watching Indian films and tried to understand their culture. In my opinion, watching films and reading books are very good ideas to get to know other countries and get interested in them.

  2. Your article contains such an important item and at the same time it is written in a very interesting way. Each nation has its own heroes, scientists and icons. We shouldn’t argue who is the most important because everyone made something incredible for history or science. Usually, people don’t think who is the inventor of the devices which are so popular in our life. Surely, nobody can imagine life without computers, phones or electricity. But fortunately somebody figured out the solutions to make our life and existence easier. I think we should appreciate it. Nowadays great discoveries are a rarity. We have really wonderful ancestors and we can be proud of our past.

  3. Der Beitrag von Albert Einstein zur technischen Entwicklung ist allen Polen seit Jahren bekannt. Seine Forschungen zur Struktur vom Raum und Zeit sowie dem Wesen der Gravitation veränderten maßgeblich das physikalische Weltbild. Die Ethik der Ehrfurcht vor dem Leben, die Albert Schweitzer mit dem Satz „Ich bin Leben, das leben will, inmitten von Leben, das leben will.“ am besten geäußert hat, erlebt jetzt in Polen ihre Renaissance.
    Ich persönlich stimme dir zu, dass jeder von diesen einen wichtigen Beitrag in der Entwicklung der Welt hat. Wenn der Mensch sich nicht bemüht hätte, die Weltgeheimnisse weiter zu entdecken und die einfachen Dinge unaufhörlich zu verbessern, hätten wir jetzt weiterhin die Petroleumlampe benutzt, anstatt „Knips!“ zu machen. Wozu ist fähig der Mensch, bei dem die gesellschaftliche Erziehung vernachlässigt ist, zeigt uns der Zweite Weltkrieg, während dessen man versuchte, die Atombombe und Kernenergie zur Vernichtung anderer Nationen zu verwenden. Die theoretischen Arbeiten von Albert Einstein haben zwar gewisse Grundlage für diese furchbaren Erfindungen gegeben, aber das deutsche Genie war ein richtiger Pazifist so wie Albert Schweitzer, der sich stark gegen die atomare Rüstung engagierte. Beide deutschen Nobelpreisträger haben einen großen Einsatz für Völkerverständigung und Frieden.

  4. Żaba Monika says:

    Wer ist der populärste Deutsche aller Zeit?
    Ich stimme mit den Worten vom Allmächtigen von deiner Komikgeschichte, dass wir die Leistungen beider Alberts brauchen.
    Meiner Meinung nach könnte sich an diesem Gespräch im Himmel noch ein weltberühmter Deutscher Physiker einschließen. Und zwar Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. Alle kennen Röntgen Strahlen und alle ließen sich mindestens einmal die Röntgenaufnahme machen.
    Mir gefällt vor allem seine Einstellung zur eigenen Entdeckung, die in einer bei uns berühmten Anekdote so dargestellt ist.
    „Eines Tage kam ein Herr zu C. Röntgen zu Besuch. Es war der Vertreter einer großen Firma.
    - Geehrter Herr Professor – sagte der Gast – wir möchten das Patent für Ihre X-Strahlen kaufen.
    - Patent, sagen Sie. Nein, die Strahlen habe ich nicht erfunden, sondern nur entdeckt. Sie gehören allen, die sie brauchen.“

  5. You bring us a lot of content and information in so easy and sightly way. That tale is very instructive. I think generality people rather read these story than empty tidings in encyklopedias or other serious sourse of knowledge. It’s kind of funny but also contain wise moral. Personally I liked it.