Move several meters to the side in the meadow just because some guys want to play soccer? Yeah, where are we going? From Micky Beisenherz
Getting a ball in the face can be a powerful sign of civic self-determination. At least that’s what I had to read from the reaction of a woman I recently met.
There is this meadow in the Hamburg district of Ottensen, where I regularly play with a few friends, somewhere between the town hall and the church. Every Sunday. When the weather is nice, it can of course happen that others also come there, for example to sunbathe a bit.
‘I’ve never been asked anything like that!’
Most of them can measure the not exactly defined playing field and simply group around it. The meadow is big enough. Not so the woman who, shortly before kick-off, was leaning against her shopping trolley on the lawn and looking dreamily into the sun. Until I pushed myself between them and this very one. In the friendliest used car dealer tone, I asked whether she would be able to enjoy the day a few meters further on, since she was sitting in the middle of our field and that was not so pleasant for her either. ‘No,’ was her gruff reply. ‘I’ve never been asked anything like that!’
Micky Beisenherz: Sorry, I’m private here
My name is Micky Beisenherz. I’m a world star in Castrop-Rauxel. I have to pay for everything myself elsewhere. I am a multimedia
(In) grocery store. Author (Extra3, jungle camp), presenter (ZDF, NDR, ProSieben, ntv), podcast host (‘Apocalypse and filter coffee’), occasional cartoonist. There are things that I notice. Sometimes even get upset. And since the impulse control is constantly jammed, they have to get out. My religious symbol is the crosshair. The razor blade is my dance floor. And just now my feet are itching again.
And so it happened that we kicked, of course, but as an additional challenge had a lady sitting at the height of the center circle, who had to be skilfully played around or flanked past her so as not to hit her. The feeling of having asserted oneself as an individual against the interests of a community apparently pushed all fears of injury into the background. A remarkable attitude that reminded me of the time in the Ruhr area when we often played with twenty men (and women) on a football field that belonged to some institution. It happened that employees even showed up on their Sunday off, just to prevent two dozen people between 12 and 70 from playing together because ‘that is not allowed’ and ‘if everyone would do it’.
So even before Corona there was this deep longing for self-efficacy, which is most likely to be felt when as an individual you have ‘cleared’ as many people as possible at the same time. A kind of people bowling, in order to be able to briefly forget your own impotence as an individual.
Germany has 83 million law enforcement officers
I mean, when the European hamster or yellow-bellied toad doom a construction project to failure, they are not doing it on purpose. They are just there and innocently exist. Humans, on the other hand, proactively decide whether or not to overturn an entire old town festival due to their complaint about noise nuisance.
Germany is the place in the world where someone turns up at the most beautiful spots after five minutes at the latest to tell you that there is no way you can be there. Nothing against lustful self-indulgence, of course, but it should be controlled. 83 million law enforcement officers.
On the other hand: How many attacks has the regulation-friendly average Uwe prevented by saying briefly in the subway: ‘Sorry, I think this is your suitcase that you left there.’
You also have to be grateful.
Whether it serves the general public as a picnicker on a soccer field to catch a cross pass from the opposing team with the nasal bone remains questionable.
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