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Like most "enlightened" parents I thought that the family visit to Legoland should be combined with cultural-technical uprising by seeing a true technical marble - Deutsches Museum. I shall not lose your time by describing Legoland experience - after all once you saw one amusement park, you've seen them all. The biggest story was the second part of the visit. And it all started very bad. After checking in with the hostel that looked very decent on pictures on the Internet, we were put into a room which reminded me of rooms I've experienced in the communist Soviet Union. This was not particularly odd. The predominant customers of the hostel, which owner turned out to be Albanian, were migrant workers from Africa and Middle East, which made sure that hygienic situation was in accordance with the room appearance. Unfortunately, it was just to late to change accommodation and sleeping over in car would probably be illegal, so we somehow managed to spend the night over there.
The next day started just as "well". The gasoline station employee forgot to return credit card to my wife. It is arguable who's fault it was, but it has never happened to her before, as elsewhere salesmen and saleswomen always make sure that credit card is returned along with the bill. Fortunately, we sorted that out later in the day. Museum had also one very un-German characteristic: A large part of experiments were simply (and permanently) out of order. Of course, I have noticed a strong presence of migrant working force also on the subway, which is something pretty common in all of the western Europe. But by walking along main shopping avenue during the normal working day I was into a really big surprise. Being not even remotely as beautiful as Stuttgart's Königstrasse, it was - apart from the hostel - also the least German part of the city. Oh, yes, buildings around were most probably German, but people on the crowded streets were much less so. One of three women of the street was veiled, and in one hour I came across a few dozens wearing black burqas. The situation was so unreal that several Japanese bypasses look genuinely German to me. The tiny interest into street musicians, performing from a seemingly foreign Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik to Italian arias was in accordance with the population mix. Proverbial German knowledge of English language also didn't withstand the test. I had to put my lousy knowledge of German to the test at the most internationalized franchise McDonald's in order to translate my son's wishes.
In a way I felt like I was in one of those amusement parks in Nevada desert: perfect copies of several Venice buildings, but no Italian soul inside. Maybe this is just another example of capitalist system trying to be as efficient as possible. Instead of the costly rebuilt of the German city, it is much more efficient to deprive it from its original German citizens, and here you go, you get amusement park in vitro. But, let's get serious. München as well as the rest of the Europe seems to be some kind of a grand live experiment on assimilation, which is obviously due to fail. Greedy capitalists need ever larger numbers of very cheap working force and greedy inhabitants need low taxes and cheap communal services. The answer is the foreign slave workforce, which along with ever increasing foreign state debt enables standard of living being high above real possibilities. And to justify such a move hiring a couple of western world supremacist aka human rights advocates, which basic claims are that our democracy should be expanded to the whole world and that people will adopt it by their own free will. To some cultures (or civilizations as Huntington would put it) our western democracy or charter of human rights are just as foreign as burqas are foreign to us. The concepts of democracy and secularism will (rightfully) never ever be adopted either by those cultures or by most of immigrants from these cultures. And since we are obviously going to stick to them up to the bitter end, let's enjoy street musicians until sharia law bans them from European streets!
Epilogue. All this is not only about such "phony" philosophical things like democracy or secularism. Imagine what - in eight hours we spent in Deutsches museum I have not seen a single veiled person. It seems to me that certain cultures simply have no interest in technology as well. Except for Iran. Only that Iran did not decide to make its own personal computer, passenger car or smart phone. God forbids to put a man in the space like Chinese, there is no mention of that in Quran! Their interest in technology is primarily and solely concentrated to enrichment of the nuclear fuel. A pure coincidence that the enrichment process is connected to the creation of the nuclear arms?
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