Surely you have seen the poster above before. Originally it was created for the purpose of war propaganda, later it became the symbol of the feminist movement and many other - peaceful - initiatives. In the meantime, "We can do it!" has become a common saying.
In the USA in particular, it is a powerful expression of the will to move and change things. In Germany, however, "We can do it!" is almost a swear word and is characterized more by cynicism than optimism and drive.
Here I would like to explain where the difference lies - and what we can do to become active optimists who can solve any problem.
For years, our Chancellor has represented this attitude: "No matter what problem comes our way, we'll get through it!" She embodies optimism and activity. Just recently, however, parts of the press hoped to get higher circulations by railing against her - sometimes very bluntly. Mrs. Merkel's political opponents, in turn, used this to gain election results with crude nonsense theses such as "draw a fence across the Alps," based on fear and cynicism, and certainly not on realism. Fences across the Alps have nothing to do with reality.
This is very unfortunate and frightening. Whether it's the media or other politicians, many are against something simply to increase circulation or to stir up fear so they can fish votes out of the contra pile.
But what "upsets" me the most: That people are made victims by this permanent bombardment with untruths and false energy. Maybe they don't notice it consciously, but unconsciously we make many victims, if we don't think about it clearly and don't turn away these wrong thoughts and energies from us clearly.
And so the real, tackling, optimistic "We can do it!" gradually turned into pessimism generated by falsehoods: "We can't do it," "We're going under," or even "The refugees are taking everything away from us." Individual loud voices turned a huge opportunity into a big, false drama, and unfortunately many people fell for them. We know this from the past, and have hardly learned from it. Back in 2012, when the fantastic rumor started that the earth would end because of the predictions of the "Mayan calendar", some people emptied their accounts and spent their last money because they believed in the false drama.
Often we become victims because we don't understand enough how our brain works, how the world works. Let's look again at the word problem. Basically, this ancient Greek word means nothing more than "something presented for solution." The word "pro "has a thoroughly positive meaning - just think of pro and con: pro is always something in favor. The negative energy we often have on the word problem should actually belong to the word contra-blem! How did we come to put a negative energy on the positive?
We live in dualities: Where there is a top, there is a bottom; where there is a hot, there is a cold; where there is poor, there is rich. And where there is a problem, there must be a solution, even if we don't see it yet. So "we can do it" means: we know about the fact that there is a solution, and we focus on finding it. Because the fact that a solution is there doesn't mean that we always see it right away, or that we like it, or that it's easy. But the solution is there, otherwise the problem could not exist!
So I have the greatest respect for the fact that a leader like the Chancellor says, in essence:
"We as a people are not powerless, we as a people are shapers, we as a people, whenever there is a problem, together we will be able to find the appropriate solution and shape our future well."
Unfortunately, parts of the press or other politicians use this for their personal interests, be it to increase circulation or for some hoped-for election gain. They mangle the "we can do it" and suggest the opposite. They say it is an illusion that the problem can be solved. And this is precisely where these nay-sayers are wrong. Because it is not about illusion or non-illusion! It is about the facts.
Quantum physics says that the observer determines the outcome of the experiment. Dr. Jürgen Karsten explains in his book Das Mentalprinzip - Denken wirkt! how we can literally materialize statements. The logic in all this is: Who gets new tasks, must not know at all, how they are to be solved. It is like the sentence "A general who has won a war goes into the next war again with the same strategy." This can be very dangerous because the others now know his strategy.
New tasks require new solutions. It is not only about coping with problems. If I want to reach desires and goals, which I have never reached (all the same whether it concerns personal growth or something material), then I must not know at the beginning at all, how it goes! Because then I come only again with old behaviors, which I can already, and get then consequently always only the old results.
In other words: If I know how to do it, my vision is too small! Therefore, "we can do it" means above all the understanding of the laws and the readiness to make visible, accept and organize even a solution that is not yet visible. And it shows the understanding that to every problem belongs a solution and that we are ready together to take on this solution.
And logically, anyone who speaks against this, who fights this thesis, cannot live in win-win, but only in win-lose. But to shape a future for all of us positively, and so positively that we don't even know today how to shape it, only that makes a win-win culture possible.
I know that our world does not yet consistently live win-win. It is not yet consistently living in a way that is constructive and shaping the future. We have created the Winspiration Day Association to advocate for this. Because wherever there is a task, a problem, there is also a solution. A solution that will enable us to better shape our future together tomorrow and to live win-win more consistently. And I am convinced: We can do it!