In the first article, the author talks about how Martin Luther affected Germany as a whole. First of all, the article mentions that even though Germans are not particularly religious, Lutheranism has shaped the German language, mentality, and how they live. The aesthetics, such as architecture and furniture styles, and the music, such as orchestra, are all influenced by Martin Luther. One of the interesting facts is that Germany has the second-largest book market after America because Luther translated Bible into German and wanted everyone to read. Even though he had made many positive impacts in Germany, the author ended the article with negative qualities ascribed to Germans. He insisted on separating spiritual and worldly authorities, which attributed to German’s legendary obedience. The rigid moralism makes Germans hard to deal with sometimes.
The second article talks about Bild Zeitung, which is a very popular primary source of news for Germans. However, it usually contains a lot of sexual and “twisted” politician news. It is mentioned in the article that the motto of this paper is actually Bild Dir Deine Meinung, which can be translated as “we form your opinion so you don’t have to.” Even though it includes many disturbing facts and news, it is in fact extremely popular in Germany. I personally can kind of understand that because at my home country, we have a kind of magazine that has all the “gossips” and paparazzi shots of famous celebrities. Many people in fact enjoy reading it and it is one of the most popular magazines in the country. However, I always consider Germans as more serious and conservative comparing to people from other countries.
The next article talks about how in Germany, people usually have their door closed. In order to reach the person behind the door, one must knock “loudly.” In contrast, people mostly keep doors open to show a welcoming feel in America. I think it is pretty interesting to know about this because it could be useful for people going study abroad or travelling. However, I am not sure if the article is a little bit exaggerated or not.
Th last article is about how Germans have MANY different garbage cans for different kinds of waste. I personally find it extremely confusing, but I believe that it is a good thing that Germans are doing recycling with a very serious and careful manner. This reminds me that when I first came to the states, I could not believe that people actually dump their leftovers into the trash can. In my country, people do recycling for leftovers. Usually 75% of the leftovers are used to feed pigs and 25% are used to as fertilizers for farming. Overall, I believe that if people all over the world can do recycling like the Germans, we’d definitely have a more environmentally friendly place to live in.