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On System-Relevance

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 18 March 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

You certainly have been told more than once on your life that we're living in the best world and time possible. All that peace and freedom we enjoy, you can speak your mind, think and do what you want, and only recently some of us were made to heroes: people who are saving Europe and the Euro. Because everything is system-relevant, especially these poor banks all these Euros will go to. And if you're living in Europe, especially in the EU, you probably should buy what you need as quick as you can. When politicians start to dispossess depositors, like they're going to do in Cyprus, you know that nothing is as safe as it seemed to be this far. Sure, black money owners will be glad to escape unscathed widely, but to soak these people with a normal savings account is undoubtly a breach of taboo. And again it's the many banks that are going to be saved, and none of their shareholders will have to pay.
This will be a restless weekend for Cyprus (and once again, for Greece, too). Their holiday tomorrow is the orthodox equivalent to Ash Wednesday, as I've learned today. How fitting. Guess what happens next.

(Image: Cologne Cathedral, taken on APX100, developed with Tetenal ultrafin)

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The times are ominous and your photo plays into that, where a person really does not know what to say.
I just hope the poor people do not lose more. Wonderful photo, so many details to sort out but goes well
with your story !~

18 Mar 2013 5:11pm

@Phil Morris: This week will tell us, Phil. In the meantime nobody of the reliable politicians and economists wants to bear the blame. If they are really going to do it, there is no reason for trusting a European bank any longer.

franz from Baden, Austria

die düstere atmosphäre deines heutigen fotos spiegelt deine düsteren worte wider ...

18 Mar 2013 7:08pm

@franz: Ach, der Dom sieht eigentlich nur düster aus, weil keiner die Fassade putzt. In Paris hat man es mit Notre Dame gemacht und sie sieht aus wie neu. Hierzulande fast unvorstellbar. Ganz ehrlich: Je genauer man den Dom studiert, desto heiterer erscheint er, vor allem in den Details.
Aber richtig düster ist was gerade im Süden Europas abgeht. Sollten sie es wirklich tun, wird man sich irgendwann an die wirklich fetten Weidegründe ranmachen: unsere eigenen Sparkonten. Nichts scheint unmöglich.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

time to hide behind the settee I think!

18 Mar 2013 11:01pm

@Ted: ...or to look for a new government. Or something more violent, but we probably wouldn't like this.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent close-up shot illustrating such ornate architectural detail! I heard about what happened in Cyprus. OUCH!

18 Mar 2013 11:25pm

@Steven: Thanks, Steven! Ouch indeed: who will trust governments that take the money and run any longer?