Bag of lies

By Mathias Maurer, March 2020

Do you know the story of the man who gathered up all the lies and put them in a sack so that people only ever told one another the truth from then on? People’s life together became so loveless, hard and unbearable that the man quickly opened the sack and let the lies go again. [more]

Paths to experiencing truth – or the art of encountering the world and oneself

By Claus-Peter Röh, March 2020

The goal of laying down in young people the ability to distinguish between truth and untruth appears to be more contested than ever today. There is a great lack of clarity and certainty in public life as to which “facts” can still be trusted – or not. Juggling between lies and truth is commonplace. [more]

“Truth is a torch; but a huge one”. Motifs from the core zone of adolescence

By Andre Bartoniczek, March 2020

What does it mean for a young person when they learn that the captain of a rescue ship which has just rescued 53 people from the sea is described by Italy’s interior minister as a “criminal”, a German member of parliament calls her an “accomplice of people smugglers” and representatives of a German governing party refer in general to “refugee tourism”? [more]

The birth of the lie

By Marica Bodrožić, March 2020

It was early 1983. The time when the iron power structure of established authority in the socialist world began gradually to give way. [more]

A Little Apologia for Truth

By Lorenzo Ravagli, March 2020

”Assuming we want truth, why not rather untruth?” This famous question from Nietzsche resulting from too long a glance into the abyss, which looked back into the questioner, arises from the philosopher's presumption that human beings require illusions in order to master even halfway the cruelty of life with all its injustices. [more]


Patron saint of children

By Nana Göbel, March 2020

Klara Hattermann and the beginnings of the Waldorf kindergarten movement. [more]


Not playing along anymore

By Stefan Ruf, March 2020

It is striking: the two people who on a global “hero ranking” probably occupy the top places could at first sight not be more different. [more]