The Third Planet

Traveling through Time

I rediscovered a long since retired laptop. On its desktop I found this scan of a photograph that I took on my very first trip.

What car was I driving? Was anyone with me? I do not remember. But what I do remember is seeing the yellow blossoms on the roadside. I stopped. I took this picture. On film. I loved it.

And somehow I forgot about it.

Here it is again and it brings back memories. Memories of someone who is long gone, and a world that is long gone. Time molded them into me and the present. I remember how curious I was about all the places and all the people waiting for me in the future … Well, I have been to these places and I had the great pleasure to meet all these people.

Writing this feels like leaving a message for myself, to be rediscovered many years from now.

I am still curious: Who is waiting now? What places? Who will I be?

I’ll see.

Merry Christmas

Between Science and a Hard Place

They say, that a crisis shows us who we really are.

Why? Because during a crisis things get worse. A crisis signals danger and triggers our basic instincts and our deepest fears, even if there is no real connection between those fears and the actual crisis. Our reaction to a real crisis is undisguised and true.

When the pandemic started, science gave us a forecast of what was going to happen. We did not really listen. When the facts started to mount, we looked the other way, hoping that it would pass us by. It did not. We learned what the term Global Crisis really means … at least some of us did.

I am surprised how many people ignored and still ignore evidence and chose one of the many alternative realities to look for explanations, and stick to it even when it maims or kills them. What does this tell me about how Homo sapiens will handle the predicable future … the changing climate for example … ?

Is there a reason why there is only one science. I guess the reason is, because there is only one truth.

Why is it so hard to listen to scientific knowledge?

Do we not listen, because the truth is scary? Hidden agendas may play its part too. Political interests. But also ignorance, denial and wishful thinking.

Why do we evolve the hard way, when there is an easier one available that is less painful?


When the pandemic struck, I went to the woods. The world and its problems faded away, became a persistent rumor. Is it really out there? I’ve become a local. And more months will rush by, before the vaccines will downgrade the virus to just another infectious disease, that might kill me, and I can travel again.



Travelling forces me to think, when I have to deal with unfamiliar cultures. Sometimes it is painful, sometimes it is fun … and sometimes I come up with an idea. … What about this one:

We need to feel important in a world where the importance of the individual is vanishing.

Why is this significant? Because this need makes us vulnerable.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

A Big Thank You, Michelle Novak, for nominating The Third Planet for The Versatile Blogger Award.

Well, I planned to do my response in the light-heartedly way I used to, and then it happened. I had a stroke.

Well, lets not talk about the dark parts of this, but of the things that hang by the narrowest of margins in the balance. Right now it takes me to join a sentence together, by at least ten times the speed, with at least ten times as many mistakes … and it is still improving … keep my fingers crossed. It blocked one of my carotid … I didn’t know it but you rely on two, my sheer luck. They cannot say where it came from and that makes it the scariest.

This basically changed the ten Facts about me:

  1. Life ist short. Not the meaning of it, or the metaphor. Life is short, and it can be over any second.
  2. I was not alone. That may have saved my life.
  3. Get your Priorities right. You might have a shorter time than you think.
  4. There are some parts of the world I want to see. We’ll see about that. The next couple of months I am a very local guy. I am looking forward to South America …
  5. If you want to do it, then do it. If you don’t, don’t. But do not keep lists for topics you keep on your radar. If it is relevant you will remember.

Right now I do not have more to say to belong in this category. Well, this here are important in another way …

  1. If you want to see the end of a tv series, do it as soon as you can. You never know
  2. When there is someone you want to talk to, don’t postpone it.
  3. Life your day like it could be your last day. Do something that makes you happy, and maybe someone else.
  4. Learn something new every day. It may be the last thing you do.

I certainly did approve of them, but took them lightly, forgot about them after I approved. I did not take them that seriously. Well, the note of this blog entry is not so light, as it is used to be, but this is not a light entry.

And one more thing …

  1. … write as if you write for the last time.