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OhmyNews Gave Me a Platform
For the first time I had the chance to publish my ideas
Hartmut Kaiser (emperor)     Print Article 
Published 2009-02-16 15:42 (KST)   
Twenty-five years ago, when I was a schoolboy in Fuerstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany, I was bubbling over with new ideas, but I had no possibility to publish them.

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I bugged all my friends from school by showing them my written thoughts, but none of them showed much interest; they probably considered me weird.

Around 1989 I put my thoughts into letters and sent them to university professors in Germany whose addresses I had found in the telephone book. None of them bothered even to reply. They probably threw my letters in the garbage because they considered them unfounded. University professors are serious people, and I was only a layman who had just graduated from school. To them I knew nothing about science and about the world and these professors knew everything, that is why they were professors.

In 1990 I sent a letter to the German magazine "Der Spiegel." They replied in a letter that they consider my ideas very interesting, yet they have no possibility to publish them, so they would put them instead in the Spiegel archive, which is famous for its thoroughness and sheer size.

So my ideas are still in the Spiegel archive and they will be there for good; but nobody has ever read them and nobody will ever read them.

All my life I dreamt and hoped that somebody would invent something like OhmyNews and Wikipedia. Finally, this dream has become a reality. I think this is really fantastic and it makes me very happy. It makes the world a little better and a littler fairer; it is progress for mankind.

There is a saying: "The pope and the farmer together have more knowledge than the pope alone." Let me explain. In medieval Europe the pope was considered to be a very educated person. Most farmers were illiterate and not educated. Nobody is perfect and nobody knows everything, not even the most intelligent person in the whole world. That is the reason why even Nobel Prize winners have to rely on the expertise of craftsmen, of unskilled labourers, and sometimes even a homeless man, a drug addict or an alcoholic can have a better grasp of the truth than someone in the most prestigious university in the whole world.

Truth is like a puzzle, nobody owns the whole picture, everybody has only parts.

To me, writing articles on OhmyNews is a way of showing off to other people. I enjoy playing with words and mastering the English language, and I like to impress other people with this ability of mine. Like enjoying fashionable clothes, stylish language and elegant wording are something to be enjoyed, like a tennis player who takes delight in his skilful play.

Every person in the word has some ability, yet everybody has different abilities.

There are seven billion people in the world, and each and every one of them has some special ability. Everybody has to find out his or her inner calling. That is the crucial thing.

There is no such thing as a natural-born loser. There are boundless different walks of life and everybody can achieve something if he or she believe in themselves and if they are also lucky in life.

OhmyNews and Wikipedia have created new ways of collaborating and publishing, which is a boon for those who are interested in new ideas and who are curious, for those who are not prejudiced, and it is a boon for me, since I love writing.

Thank you very much, OhmyNews. I am so grateful to all of you in the OhmyNews team.

Carry on!

©2009 OhmyNews
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