Originally Posted by kat
It's a good article, and makes good points.
However, as a speaker of German, I found the title to be horribly distracting and quite disturbing. It's a slogan which was involved in the deaths of millions. Using it like this was in incredibly poor taste.
Personal growth from within the confines of a politically friendly comfort zone would be well and good if we had lifespans of, say, 200+ years.
I actually think that Germany as a whole sets an excellent example of the benefits of the virtue of hard work. The country was twice defeated, humiliated and demoralized in two world wars, between these two incidents had their economy shattered from hyperinflation, and had their territory physically split in half during the Cold War. Through the cultural integration of a higher standard of effort in all industries, they gradually re-earned their place as an economic powerhouse.
BTW Love Steve's new avatar. Very Charlie Sheen :P