Eine Typischer Deutsche

Blonde Haare und blaue Augen Fredrich Nietzche: was born October 15, 1844 and lived until August 25th 1900. His philosophical insight had a strong impact on German culture. One of Nietzche’s philosophical concepts written in his book called “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” was Übermensch; he perceived this to be a goal for humanity to set for itself. He predicted that human life would eventually be given meaning by how it has advanced a new generation of human beings. This is similar to the idea of “Natural Selection” or a nonrandom process by which biological traits become either more or less common in a population. Although Übermensch was proposed by Nietzche, he had no personal motives, desires or deep importance for the concept other than written in his book. In his book he ties the concept into Christianity and interprets superhuman to equal its only comparison which is our soul.

In the 1930’s when Germany was under the power of Hitler he had adopted the term Übermensch into his Nazi regime. Although Neiztche himself was not discriminatory against Jews, Hitler was inspired by the concept of Übermensch, but his interpretation was the super human was of racial nature. Hitler banned all mixed marriages of Aryan and Untermenschen race to maintain purity of the Germanic “master race.”

The Aryan race was considered to be more pure and less racially mixed with Indo- Europeans. Pure to Natzi ideology meant blonde hair, blue eyes, tall and skinny. These particular people were considered to be predominating to all races and were entitled “World Domination!” Hitler believed that people could be bred for specific cultural traits. This is very similar to the idea of what is now known as “eugenics.” Because of Hitler’s long lasting impression on history, it has become stereotypical for a pure German to have blonde hair and blue eyes.

Bier Trinken Beer Germany’s National drink so it’s obvious that we as Americans would associate German with beer drinking. Only 17% of German adults drink beer to get drunk, instead they prefer to engage in “Social Drinking.” Because Germans are more likely to take part in casual drinking, it is more accepted by society. For example, good news is often celebrated by having a few drinks, such in the celebration of a birth. Buying someone a drink is considered a gesture of goodwill, expresses gratitude for something or it may mark the resolution of a dispute. It would then make sense that Germany is placed third in the ranking for most consumption of beer in the world at about 110 liters a person per year, while America falls below at number thirteen. Along with that statistic, is that ¾ of all breweries in the entire nation reside in Germany. Beer can be found in every kitchen on almost every corner and it is common for workers to have a beer or two on their break.

Hardworking Germans and Lazy Americans

For certain stereotypes the answer isn’t always so obvious, for example: Germans are known for “working to live” while Americans are known for “living to work.” Why then, are Americans considered to be lazy, why not the other way around? Americans work on average 1,804 hours per year, while Germans only average about 1,436 hours and on top of that, are permitted 6 weeks of vacation annually as well. Most Americans cannot even fathom that. We are apprehended to believe that vacations are a bonus after many long, hardworking hours. But it is noted that Germans get just about the same amount of work done in lesser time. So it’s not necessarily that one is lazy, we may want to analyze our different work strategies.

As for Americans being FAT and obese, Germans are too fat and obese due to their hearty appetites. It is no mystery that Americans enjoy their beef as Germans do their Sausages, but both countries consist of a variety of cultural foods.

As Americans we are already perceived as a culture that doesn’t care about others or ourselves. This already established stereotype makes it easy to attach more negative labels, and it is difficult for them to see us any differently. This would be an example of a Network Association. What we see is what we perceive although there are usually many underlying factors.

ger/102/2012/winter/existing_stereotypes.txt · Last modified: 2012/01/30 07:26 by lncrawford
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