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People: Matthias Reim: “I am a very optimistic person”

People: Matthias Reim: “I am a very optimistic person”

In the 1990s, Matthias Reim became a pop star with “Verdammt, ich lieb’ Dich”. Even though the singer is optimistic about the future, there is one thing that worries him above all.

Singer Matthias Reim doesn’t want to let bad news about the world situation drive him crazy. “Life is constantly changing. Times were difficult in the past too. In the 1980s we lived in the Cold War and there were cruise missiles on every corner,” said Reim in an interview with the dpa in Dresden.

“We lived with it, blocked it out and didn’t see it as such a threat. That’s just how it was.” Germany was constantly prepared for war at the time. But looking back, people always tend to only think of the good things. “My grandparents experienced two wars and still remembered a lot of the good things in their lives.”

According to Reim, in 20 years, events such as the war in Ukraine or the conflict in the Gaza Strip will probably fade from memory and give way to people’s positive experiences. “Every time is worth living. We humans accept it and make the best of it. That’s why I’m not really worried about the future of humanity.”

Increasing aggressiveness causes Reim great concern

A lot will change, there will probably be more natural disasters with heat and flooding. “We can’t change that anymore, we have to learn to live with it. Life presents us with tests. I am a very optimistic person.”

Nevertheless, Reim is also very concerned about the increasing aggressiveness in society. “The inhibition threshold has dropped massively. Things are happening today that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. I don’t know where this radicalization comes from, but we have to take massive action against it.” The escalation of violence and the lowering of the inhibition threshold may also be related to the fact that punishment is often not immediate and is also too low.

“There is no deterrent. The boundaries are blurred because they are not set. The problem must be tackled in schools,” said Reim, stressing: “Violence is not a solution, it is inhumane and only creates backlash and hatred.”

Source: Stern

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