BBC Two recently issued a program called Make me a German. In it, a pair of British journalists and Rowland, move in with two of their four children to Germany and try to reproduce the life of an average German family. The goal? Trying to capture the secret of its success or how to start the program launch, how to be working less and be more productive? The starting point does not excite me with the election of Nuremberg as a destination, specifically pulling its Nazi past. I think it’s a tabloid point of no help to the goal that had been imposed. It’s easy as pie and even deepens it.
Much more interesting is the choice of Faber-Castell as host company of the male protagonist. A clear example of the commitment of Germany by the industry even in its most traditional aspect and the form of the Mittelstand that even if some insist has nothing to do with our SMEs. The feeling of belonging to the company, despite having decades frozen in a de facto salary, macovigilance among peers excluding any activity that has nothing to do with strictly labor anchored in your subconscious and reinforced by the collective bonus, the preferred option for vocational training and learning in company and not by the university route. Saving the strong German families, the commitment to a capitalism that is based precisely on the capital and not on credit can explain a lot.
Obviously it is not a perfect society. More than anything, one can feel its highly restricted freedoms and the role of women in the same society both through social pressure and fiscal stimulus. Those who have lived there can see the film as close to reality. Those who have not lived there like me, what is your opinion now?