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Andrew Hammel blogs:
Germany Just Began Cheating on its Husband
September 12, 2015
I’ve been trying to think of a good metaphor for the mood in Germany, and I think I might have found it.
Germany just began cheating on her husband, Jean-Claude. For decades, Germany’s been trapped in a lackluster marriage. … Just recently there was a nasty dispute with the Greek neighbors in which most of the town took sides against Germany and made her feel awful just for insisting on basic rules.
And then, along came Ahmed, the dark-haired stranger from the East. Germany feels alive again. The stranger can’t believe his luck, and constantly showers Germany with reverent praise for her generosity. Ahmed is so in touch with his emotions, unlike Jean-Claude, and he needs help. He needs her. The whole town admires Germany for her kind-heartedness. Germany feels better about herself than she has in years. For the first time in decades, Germany feels wanted, needed. Germany feels alive, really alive.
Now of course many of Germany’s friends are ambivalent. They are happy that Germany’s happy, but of course they’re concerned about the long term: “Germany, shouldn’t you be thinking of your children instead of your handsome new lover’s? What do you really know about him? Do you really think you and he have a real future together? I don’t want to sound snobbish, but is he really going to fit in to your social circle? Aren’t you a little concerned that he doesn’t speak your language and has no job? What about his religious beliefs? You’re pretty secular, but he seems to be pretty devout. And most of all, what if Jean-Claude finds out?”
To which Germany responds: “Why are you trying to spoil this golden moment in my life? I’ve never felt more full of energy and optimism. So many people have come up to me and told me they admire what I’m doing for Ahmed. For once, I’m acting only out of pure compassion and love, not calculation. I know Ahmed and I will face some obstacles, but there’s no problem we can’t over come together, side-by-side, over the decades. Compassion conquers all!” …