INTERVIEW IN OSAKA

BEGEGNUNG IN OSAKA, 23.02.2020
So eine schöne Begegnung, aus der ich so viel mitnehme. Vor allem: Es ist gar nicht so schwer, Verständnis für einander zu entwickeln und in Frieden miteinander zu leben, wenn der Mensch es einfach wirklich will! Und was anderes habe ich auch gelernt: Die Macht des früh (falsch) Gelernten oder Verinnerlichten. Ich zähle seit ich von den Alpen das erste Mal erfahren habe, vor vielen Jahren, die Zugspitze irgendwie zu der Schweiz! Frag mich nicht warum. Liegt nicht mal an deren Grenze. Dieser Fehler hat mir jahrzehntelang still schweigend gefolgt und mich heute in Osaka eingeholt. Anhand solcher Kleinigkeiten merke ich, daß ich nicht in Deutschland zur Schule gegangen bin. Bei “Wer wird Millionär?” würde ich eher an den ersten 5 Fragen scheitern, als an den restlichen 15. Also muß ich, nach dem ich Osaka besucht habe, auch endlich mal die Zugspitze mit einem Besuch erstatten. Denn interessante Menschen und interessante Begegnungen gibt es überall, wie man sieht. 😉

*ps – the highest mountain in Germany is called the Zugspitze.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije

RECALIBRATION

When you don‘t know
what to throw away and what to keep
When you don‘t know
when it‘s time to laugh and when to weep
When you can‘t tell
if you’re wide awake or fast asleep
When you can‘t tell
the difference between shallow and deep
any longer
like you could when you were younger
and materially weaker but spiritually stronger
then you need again to reconnect
with your original and most honest hunger
For the inner voice of your deepest hunger
Is always correct.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Every shift in form takes a bit of attention away from content as the consciousness or subconscious seeks through a reappraisal of form, and an attempted understanding of the reason for the shift, to glimpse a hint at the current nature of content. So, the understanding of content – on its way from itself to itself – takes a detour via attention to and understanding of form.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije

HOLIDAY IMAGES FROM AFRICA

Why is it that many White people, when they go to Africa, one of the points on their checklist is to go to an orphanage or a Hospital or a village school and take pictures of themselves carrying little Black children and surrounded by little African children?

If I were to come to Europe and go to an orphanage or a hospital or a village school and take and post on social media pictures of myself carrying and surrounded by little White children to whom I have no close personal connection and whose parents or guardians don‘t even know me, I would be accused of many things.

Please, White people, stop instrumentalising Black African children for the purpose of your hypocritical self-staging as supposedly benevolent world saviours. Robbing them of their privacy and dignity, objectifying them, and using them as moral ornaments with which to decorate your souls on social media. They are human beings, they are minors, and they are somebody’s children and wards.

Even if you want to donate to an orphanage or help the under-privileged, you have no right to use it as an opportunity for a foto op and PR session. I’m sure some of you also donate anonymously to orphanages in Europe and America, but you don’t afterwards troop there to pose for pictures with the children to whose welfare you are contributing. You sense, and quite rightly so, that it would be undignifying towards those children. And undignifying towards you yourselves too. Well, the same applies to Black and African children too! And the same applies with regards to them.

Please stop using them as background deco and surround sound for the accolade-seeking self-images you wish to bring back with you from Africa as your holiday trophies.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije

PRESENT BE

The present always becomes the distant past. When Martin Luther put up the 95 theses, that was for him in the present. For us today it is the distant past. When Judas betrayed Jesus, for him that was the present; for us today it is in the distant past. When the artisans at Igbo-Ukwu or in Nok made their bronzes, that was for them the present, the most modern moment they knew. They could have never guessed what the future would be. But for us today, their present is the distant distant past.
Even such is time.
Today will one day be the past, the distant past, and be forgotten. Another day will be the present. Everyday another day. Only the present matters. The present is the only thing that Really IS.
Live in the present, from day to day.
Move with the present, from day today.
BE the present, every day.
Be present in every moment.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije

REPUTATION

So quickly fame
Is followed by shame –
Build instead a good name
That knows no blame –
This should be the aim
Of your substance and game –
Solid name, not fickle fame.
Incorruptible Character is the same
As an inextinguishable flame.
You can remake fortune and fame,
It is hard to recast a broken name.

But if you do fall and lose your face
Stand up tall, don’t hide your face
Learn from your mistakes and change your ways
And boldly seek again the sun’s rays.
It takes Character to push on despite pain
But it also takes character to rise again.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije.