I was surprised that I have never heard about Martin Luther before. But after I read the article, I understand why. Before came to the US, I had next to zero exposure to Bible and Christian. However, since I am here, I have many nice friends who are Christian and I started to learn Bible a little bit, which I think is actually very interesting. Back to this this article, it is amazing that Martin Luther’s significance went beyond religious, but also influenced German language, mentality and way of life. I think I can somewhat understand it if thinking about the history of China. We also have a famous person who reformed almost the entire society at that time. Things changed after several decades have past, but his influence is still affecting every generation.
The “door culture” in Germany is really interesting, almost exactly at the opposite of America. For any American who first comes to Germany without being aware of this cultural difference, he/she will totally feel confused. Still I think the opening door makes more sense – it conveys a clear message and makes everyone’s life easier.
Previously, I knew that Japan has a strict and comprehensive garbage system. Now I am wondering if there is any difference between Japan and Germany in terms of garbage. Well, I do think that a garbage system like this is a good thing for the country. However, it is very hard and challenging to adopt and change in the other countries. From residents’ perspective, it might cause extra label reading and more chores. But from a nation’s perspective, it contributes to a better and sustainable development. I hope that we can have a similar garbage system one day in China, at least moving towards it.