Greta Thunberg & The Younger Generation – They aren‘t smart, just easy to manipulate

An opinion.

Maria M.
Jan 26 · 4 min read
School strike in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

Recently I started to dig deeper into my parents‘ past. Both my father and my mother lived in the German Democratic Republic and know what it is like to get “fooled”. During my research I came across the “Black Channel”, which I will discuss in depth later this year, however its host Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler was one of the most unpopular public figure in GDR history and for a very valid reason:

He preached water but drank wine.

His communist propaganda became ineffective once he was caught shopping and visiting nightclubs in West Berlin. And Greta Thunberg is guilty is guilty of doing something similar: She refused to eat and talk as a result of researching climate change at the age of eleven, however on her way to the World Economic Forum in Davos, she did not really seem to mind her coffee in a plastic cup and a sandwich which was wrapped in plastic. The only difference between Schnitzler and Thunberg is that Schnitzler was exposed by its own people and ridiculed by both East and West Germans; in Thunberg’s case, on the other side, the media and activists celebrate her, despite not living by the standards others are supposed to in her eyes.

Thunberg on her way to Davos

What instantly made Thunberg look suspicious was the choice of her words:

“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”

Fear-mongering – a tactic the alt-right is known for using. Her speech reminded me of Schnitzler’s commentary and, in all honesty, made me worry. Several German newspapers openly support Thunberg’s visions and encourage the younger generation to join the school strikes, which should be considered highly problematic at this time. Germany currently suffers from a lack of teachers and a drop in quality of its education, resulting in children not being able to adapt to G8 (Abitur in year 12 instead of year 13) and unable to tell the differences between Adolf Hitler and East German politician Erich Honecker.

The majority of East Germans did not fall for the propaganda and protested against the system and Schnitzler’s show with success; West German politicians and the media were pleased. It has been almost 30 years since the Mauerfall, nevertheless it seems like that society refuses to learn from the past and slowly start to practice what was once considered “propaganda”.

There is no denial that climate change is real, however Thunberg’s idea of “reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%” is utopian, considering greenhouse gas emissions have already declined by 22% in the European Union since 1990.

And while the EU reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, China is doing the opposite:

In my opinion, I don‘t think that any of the children, who skip school to join Thunberg‘s movement, would actually want to give up on their luxuries to “save the planet”. iPhones, Starbucks coffee, you name it.

If you still aren’t convinced, here is some workout for your brain: The majority eats meat, don’t they? If all of them would switch to vegan diet, how long would it take until soils become useless due to monocultural farming, which has become the preferred option in the last decade? The problem is not meat eating per se but rather mass consumption – a result of globalism.

It should not be surprising that hardly anyone in Davos took her seriously. Some people still prefer facts over feelings and, unfortunately, Greta Thunberg did not provide all relevant facts and instead focused on causing as much panic as possible.

“For any reputable person or organization to be successful, that person’s or organization’s actions must be based on solid information, not conspiracy theories, not hearsay, not rumors, and certainly not fear mongering.” ― Mike Klepper

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East German history, philosophy & essays. [ GER | EN ]

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