The old question that Edmund Husserl asked in his phenomenology: “Is the beer glass half full or half empty?” Is now becoming very actual in the corona debate. When politicians want to be the first to be vaccinated in public, some see the role model and others talk about preferential treatment and privileges. If they want to be vaccinated later, some talk about cowards and whimps and others about discipline and egalitarian closeness to the people. It is similar with vaccinations of older people as a prioritized risk group. While some perceive them as test guinea pigs and think of euthanisia, others speak of humanistic protection for the weaker. Trump, AfD and other crossfront /Querdenken thinkers, however, always claim the beer glass as empty and promise to fill it to the brim or to make a beer box out of it. They are very similar to the Anarchic Pogo Party of Germany (the APPD).
Related to the topic and metaphor, an acquaintance who stayed in Japan for a long time and practiced martial arts said that Bruce Lee would have been the one who said that the glass had to be empty in order to fill it and create something new. Did Bruce Lee mean that people first had to feel bad and miserable before they could rethink and innovate, i.e. the classic catharsis doctrine / emptiness or that one had to delete the old hard drive with the old operating system in order to install new software? As I was told, the latter. Bruce Lee said that a glass had to be empty to fill it with something new, that one had to be completely open to learn something new. Perhaps it would have been interesting if Edmund Husserl and Bruce Lee had met and whether the philosophical discourse would then have been fought out by means of verbal arguments or wrists.
Especially since Bruce Lee’s thinking is very absolute, because often progress does not result from a total break with the old, but also from the selection and preservation of positive old elements and combination with new elements, insofar as they prove to be compatible. The Maoist Cultural Revolution in China also had the slogan: Destroy the old, create the new, but the result was chaos, civil war and a new totalitarian barbarism. Silicon Valley as an alternative, although it remains to be seen which ideologies of the 21st century will dominate and create the New World in the sense of cybernetic capitalism according to Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus or Ray Kurzweil and whether this will also be progress. Hariri sees human history in 3 ages: medieval feudalism, when gods and non-human beings were legitimation and decision-making criteria, then in the liberal capitalist democracies the human being, more precisely human feelings and not the ratio – from purchasing decisions to choices and elections and Darwin and quantum informatics would grow together in cybernetic capitalism and the scientific computer algorithm and the pure mathematical-scientific ratio would determine society, which would lead to the creation of the immortal, or long-living, eternally healthy and self-optimized human being and such a society. With prospects like this, I’ll treat myself to a well-filled glass of wheat beer tonight and empty it. No half things or glasses.