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2020 will be remembered as a special year.

Various problems have significantly influenced people's living conditions. This does not only apply to individuals, but also for the people involved in organizations and institutions.

The project work in the NGOs was also severely affected.

With the enclosed poster we remember the volunteers in 2019,


in Pakistan Peter Hecht and Norbert Pintsch,

in Cameroon Marlies Bartkiewitz-Schmitt, Peter Hecht and Norbert Pintsch,

in Colombia Renate Perner, Lutz Fluegge, Peter Hecht and Norbert Pintsch.

In the partner organization DGFK, the year 2020 was used for sorting, editing and archiving works.


Four books were added in the DGFK archive, which are shown in the enclosed poster.


These are authors which are directly or indirectly connected to the DGFK, partly also through the Foerderverein Cultura e.V.

Alexandra Schmitt with A Lifestyle,

Hans-Dieter Heckes with Laces,

Juergen Zeidler with Frans-Maria Ferchl and the Annals of Lithography,

Ronald Koob with Ludwig Koob, Illustration-Amgewandte Kunst

Anyone who browses through the DGFK archive, the Cultura archive or the PPP archive will find these four publications under publications by the DGFK in cooperation with Cultura e.V., which are shown in another poster.

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Now, in 2021, it is important to continue after overcoming physical and psychological problems. However it will not be possible to be as before because a lot of work with new challenges and initiatives is necessary in order to continue or renew what has already been started.

The young generation is in demand and has to see how they can find solutions in spite of lack of practice from the ever-present digital technology.

Those with longer life experiences are gradually disappearing in the fog of yesterday, - the young generation is aware more of tomorrow, but that too is still waiting in the fog.

The time after 2020 requires calm and cautiousness from people - some will proceed according to the motto hectic-growth-mobility, others of the younger generation will recognize opportunities and new possibilities, - in any case: It will go on, one way or the other!

To support the SSDC project, there will be a work edition in 6 chapters, which will be published piece by piece in the TK blog, as well as in the DGFK-Archiv.de.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:28 PM, ,

From the Past

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Reminder: Visit two years ago, in March 2020, at the Iqbal House in Lahore, with SPARC's founder, painter and calligrapher Anees Yaqub.

Allama Iqbal house & museum located near Lahore Railway Station is the last residence of Pakistan's national poet/ philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. Allama Iqbal lived here from 1935 til his death in 1938. Several of Allama Iqbal's personal items are preserved and displayed, including original furniture, clothes, medications and original manuscripts and diaries. Very well maintained and a must-see for everyone.





Please also see pages 65-66 here

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:23 AM, ,

3 Essays

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For our friends and interested parties a warm greeting between the years: III Essays

3 Essays Booklet by Prof Norbert Pintsch

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:49 AM, ,

Progress and development, an illusion

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When illusions are understood as reality

by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch

When day in and day out it is spoken about progress and developments, it is inevitable to not believe this and see it as a reality.

There is a long way to go to understand this all around as a mistake. It is very difficult, actually impossible to exclude yourself. You are part of the overall system.

The only option is to look at yourself and limit obvious undesirable developments through your own behavior.

To recognize greed in one own self, who can happily admit to that? - You had only wanted to improve a technology, wanted to optimize a process flow, wanted to help the general public through improved medical care.

The chain of wanting to do something can go on endlessly.

-whether new ways are found in the food production in which artificial meat is used and animals that are pumped full with medicines so they do not have to be kept for long,

-whether food is no longer carted over long distances and large amounts and is now replaced by local solutions,

-whether computers are increasingly used in the educational sector to improve the -supposed- educational level,

-whether the mobility is made more environmentally friendly through the use of other energies,

A look at what was originally called culture and which, due to global industrialization, now represents a fantastic civilization, actually prevents us from acknowledging the basic reality of existence: transience!

Through the mutation from childlike belief to supposed solid knowledge, from religion to science, essential basic elements of the unchangeable existence on this planet have been lost and replaced by fictitious numbers. Fiction is reflected, intentionally or unintentionally, in greed and greediness. We assume, that whatever can be numerically outlined, it exists!

At the lowest level there is poverty and hunger - values ​​that are oriented towards the upper levels and the urge and compulsion to reach to the upper levels, with better living conditions. The upper level is supposed to represent the success of a so-called research and development schemes.

Progress and development live in the transparency of the invisible mist, curiosity is mistaken for prudence and wisdom!

Everything is possible...

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:56 AM, ,

About redeployments

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An ignored or suppressed facet of economics
by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC

Neither the micro (business administration) nor the macro (national) economic theories waste any thoughts on the topic of reallocations. If the available tools were to be used, the results would be unusable because they would either contradict or oppose the prevailing models or remain unnoticed.

Thanks to the corresponding educational institutions, the medium-sized enterprise has spread, which is based on the global ideology of growth - without asking whether the mere addition of artificial systems and structures really makes sense. There is no answer to the question of possibility changing the prevailing position. One can say philosophically: What is not allowed to be, cannot be!

Another question, how can one reduce the bogus resources, the question which is almost obsolete, so that there are also no answers.

The idea of armed conflict has not developed further and still follows archaic ideas. This is not entirely wrong, because life is not a peaceful coexistence of plant and animal beings, but always a struggle for food, which is banned from the visual field of the humans due to cultural terminology, like greed, envy, ambition, courtship, etc., which are still the fuel of life.

The thought is allowed: warfare is still prevalent but it is different now. Pure Show of strength with winners and losers is still a tradition; however nowadays it takes place in what is called sport and means the destruction of resources on a different economic level.

The sociological lower class, not exactly a perfect term, to cut down on its possibilities is not successful, since the potential for suffering seems to be limitless there. When looking at regions of crisis, it is easy to think that an eruption point has been reached there - but there is always a hope for small and medium-sized companies, which arises out of global media influence and hope of improvement.

No change or redeployment can be expected from the upper class, a superficial, but nevertheless befitting term - that to assume is almost grotesque. The above character traits, greed, etc. have always generated an internal pecking order and leader positions – which have now - washed up on the surface. The following applies: Nothing lasts forever!

What remains in the globalized world? - The middle class, which is willing enough for any manipulation if there is a trace of improvement in life.

This could be applied, if there were one common sense; it will take some time and in Fragments before the need for a shift or change is suspected.

These thoughts of becoming conscious always arise from the past, take place in a now which is not prepared for the future.

Helpful is the limitless unteachability, which arises from the proverb: suffering a loss makes one wiser, and leads to short-sighted and short-termed hope into the game of everyday life. The unteachability fits seamlessly into the so-called science of micro- and macro-economics, the game and speculation elements of which are reflected in stock market news in which marketing is to be carried out with the end result of resources being reduced.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 5:32 AM, ,

What one thinks to believe, it is better to be silent about it

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What one thinks to believe, it is better to be silent about it
by Prof. Norbert Pintsch, SRF/FPAC

If one were to take the statements of the heading and the subtitle to heart, there would only be social noises on the planet, such as: Oh, so, - ah, yes, So-so, - the difference to cattle on a pasture would not be very big, - whereby the principles: coming-staying-going are still true for all life!

Presumably, there are special relationships in each individual thoughts and Expression. Where do the thoughts come from and where do you get the names in the spoken expression? It is a lengthy process that starts even before the schooling and is always associated with imprints from the respective cultural environment.

When the schooling starts, "half the matter" is already set, and it would not be false to say if - instead of the schooling, individual experiences were being made. In the existing, impact-oriented life styles, there are various stipulations that hardly allow any space for deviations from the standard.

When special challenges arise in the increasingly globalized and digitized world with its unification and uniformity doctrines, we are not equipped to handle them. Attempts to find solutions can only be undertaken with existing instruments, whether in research, development, production!

The call for creativity and innovation is acoustically understandable. But cannot be implemented because the huge system is stuck. Weaknesses and general problems are repaired, refurbished, modernized. Short-sighted and short-term action and financial success are the yardstick, although human weaknesses are reflected in all undertaken measures.

Special situations such as wars, (natural) disasters, illnesses - specially of longer duration, offer both opportunities and challenges. So you have to think about the causes and act accordingly. This however contrasts with the persistence of global political, social and large economic systems.

However, the individual can, in parallel and during the course of usual schooling and qualification phase, step alongside oneself and practice free thinking. A fundamental effect would be to find out what is actually believed and what is factually known, see heading and subtitles. The resulting knowledge leads to a shock!

Such a shock is the prerequisite for the beginning of independent thinking and will not be based on the quantity of publications studied. Perhaps even the childhood impressions have to be taken into account in order to process the subsequent schooling.

Wars, disasters, diseases - they are challenges and opportunities to understand yourself and the environment and to move from the short-sighted and short-term effect-oriented to the far-sighted and long-term cause-oriented action and effect. It means free thinking - a luxury that everyone can afford, even if the daily problems of the cost of living and making sense of life are still to be overcome!

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 11:43 AM, ,

Study and Research Opportunities in Germany

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On 5 March 2020, a seminar and expo was organized at the University of the Punjab about "Study and Research Opportunities in Germany". Dr. Inge Iqbal, Director of DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service was the main speaker and she explained in a detailed presentation the procedure for admission to German universities and getting scholarships. The event was organized jointly by IML (Partner of Goethe-Institut) and DAAD in collaboration with the Institute of Languages at the Punjab University. IML is also a partner of the FPAC (Foundation for Promotion of Academic Cooperation), which was represented at the event by its Senior Research Fellow, Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from Germany.


A large number of students attended the event in the large auditorium of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology. An exchange of information took place with the students showing great interest. Prof. Dr. Fahim Aftab (Department of Botany) and Prof. Dr. Rubeena Zakir (Department of Sociology) reported on their great experiences during their research time in Germany.


Prof Dr Rubeena contributed her experience from her doctoral studies.

Prof. Aamir Rafique delivered an interesting report of possibilities of learning German language in Lahore. At the end, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dr. Saleem Mazhar congratulated the students and the organizers for the wonderful event and assured all support of the university in this regard.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:29 AM, ,

Haiku

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Haiku - the art of conversion of profound words into visual - comes from the Japanese culture and it makes use of syllables and metaphor in a predetermined form in order to encourage the use to understand depth of thought.  

Just as Japanese art stimulated European artists in the Art Nouveau period people from various countries touched by the art of Haiku tried to develop similar things in their own languages. 

The German Haiku Society was established in Germany, in which the members try to express themselves as writers using similar means.  

Click here to see the work 

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