"Some of the great cultural-renewal projects that came on line in this early timeframe also became directly organized in support of us kids," Helen continued. "The state had a wide range of summer camps organized, and youth festivals. We had theatre groups operating, and motorcycle races in the summer. One of the ironworks in the city that hadn't been demolished after the war, that a friend of mine worked for, had been given by the state a gigantic old villa that was located near a river. The big properties of the previously super-rich had all been confiscated and used for social events. The villa became the iron-works clubhouse. It became the base camp for boat races on the river, and movie nights, and dances. This place was so huge that we had several types of music going on at once during the dance weekends. And all the worker's friends, of course, were welcome too. I remember my brother and I carrying the big family radio down to the place by the river, with stacks of records and a record player, to help with the dance music. This place was wide open to anyone who cared to fit in, so it seemed. There were no outsiders or insiders. In fact, most of the basic things were subsidized, so that no one would ever feel poor again, being overshadowed by the rich. The streetcar rides had only cost a dime, and a movie ticket not much more. This sense of not being poor, though everyone really was rather poor, had created a wonderful sense of closeness in society that is fast disappearing now. The only social status that I remember, looking back on those days, was related to the individuals' intellectual achievements. There was one girl that I remember, she was brilliant in everything, so that everyone looked up to her, and some even tried to catch up.
"Remembering those days, the term sacrament comes to mind. In this sacrament the grand human aspects were the things that counted. Sure, we had problems too. Germany was divided. The West became capitalized. Money became the golden cow there. The West was allowed to build itself up with American influx and goods from all over the world, evidently to create a contrast against communism. And it worked. It created tensions. People left the East in such large numbers that the border had to be closed. There were times when the trains were crowded going to Berlin, and empty on the return trip, drawing away many skilled workers and professionals. This too, was likely intentional, Peter. The big contrast that caused this, has caused deep economic problems and friction that led to fascist responses by the state, which may have also been intended. The travel restrictions to the West have become a sore spot that is increasingly hurting everyone. Of all the impositions that are hurting us, this confinement cuts deepest into the sense of sacrament that has been so hard-won over many years.
"The restrictions aren't hurting me personally," said Helen. "I have no desire to travel to the West. I find Russia and China more interesting. I have spent three years in Novosibirsk under a student exchange program. I didn't have to work during this time. All my living was paid for, the tuition was free, all the riches of the world's greatest science city was there within reach for the grasping. I came back a richer person than I could ever have imagined as possible. Where in the West would I find anything comparable? In the West the cost of tuition is fast becoming a financial millstone around the students' neck, and they get little for it that is even remotely worth the price. Under the rule of empire, education and science has been turned backwards and upside down in the West. They are teaching politically correct illusions rather than the truth and real universal physical principles. I am a part time teacher at our university now. I try to be as truthful with my students as I can, and this, Peter, is exciting. It strengthens the human sacrament. It builds it. Truth gives substance to it. You can't even buy this in the West at any price. 'Truth,' in the West, is 'shaped' by what is decreed as politically correct, as determined by the masters of the World Empire. We are moving in this direction too, of course, which I am fighting against. That's why I am only allowed to teach part time."
"I take it then, that you are not looking forward to the reunification that will make Germany whole again," I said to her, quietly, comparatively to the noise of the car as we were traveling to the different places she wanted me to see.
"The unification will come," she said, "but it will be a disaster for us and for the West, the way I have come to understand western economics. In the West money is king, but it no longer represents anything real. It has become an entity in itself, detached from physical living and the actual needs of society. The West is thereby collapsing inwardly. This is actually spelled out openly as the policy of deindustrialization. The new game is to make money with money, without producing anything that is real, whereby the physical structures collapse. Our city is presently supported with an industrial infrastructure that employs 100,000 workers. Everything is focused on the underlying objective to meet society's needs, which is a part of our sacrament culture that still functions along this line. When we become westernized, which reunification implies, then this structure becomes turned upside down. In the kingdom where money rules, 80% of our industries will vanish. Cheap imports from the slave-labor countries will displace their products. While this unfolds, floods of 'investment' money will pour in from the empire's banks, by which what is left of our country, becomes mortgaged to the hilt and we all become servants in our own house that we no longer own. And western Germany will suffer too, as it is no longer needed then by the masters of the empire as a counterpoint to communism. It too will then be collapsed and looted into impotence. But worst of all for us, we will loose what we still have remaining of our humanity-focused sacrament culture."
"Many people would argue with you on this count and call your culture sterile and lifeless and drab," I interjected. "For example, I found none of the wide-open pornography on your shelves that is gaining enormous popularity in the West."
Helen just smiled. "Ask yourself one question, Peter. Does this wide-open pornography aid the sacrament that brings out what is real of our humanity, or does it make it cheap? We don't hide the human body in our culture, and its sexual dimension, but we don't flaunt the sexual aspects either that are essentially mental in nature, but let the mind fill in the blanks. Our sexual literature doesn't replace the sacrament, but aids it. For this reason you won't find any explicit sexual scenes in our movies either, even when the subject is totally sexual. We had great movies along these lines in the early days, and we still have a few good ones now and then, though the art of supporting the sacrament is fast slipping away.
"There is a movie running right now that is of this fast-fading category," said Helen. "You should go and see it. It is a Nordic movie set in a small industrial town in the far north. It is the story of two young workers in a factory there. The movie is about their unfolding loving as they begin to notice each other. There is no glamour injected into this everyday setting, but there is a sparkle there that no royalty can match with all the diamonds of the world hanging around its neck. I won't tell you more, so as not to spoil the impact."
"Maybe you too, should enjoy those movies while you still can," I said to her. "When the masters of empire find enough traitors in the communist world to break the iron curtain down from within, those movies will then be history too. You will be treated to all the glittering Hollywood specials, just as the whole of the western world is now."
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