Having grown up as a “third culture kid” of sorts, I just don’t get what is going on in Germany at the moment.
Many people say it seems to be coming from an unimportant few at best, but I would disagree. It’s a groundswell that can be felt by anyone willing to prick up his/her ears. Misanthropy is rampant, racism on the rise and intolerance is lurking around every corner, openly or – worse – more sublimely.
I have always been of the opinion that the fundamental German problem is and was that people just don’t get out of their established comfort zones all that much, if at all. Many people, especially the ones running around in the streets spewing forth their uninformed opinions, haven’t been outside of their towns and villages more than a few times within their limited lives and have probably picked out a burial spot near their place of birth already.
It’s all just extremely embarrassing to someone who was a foreigner himself elsewhere. I often just hang my head in shame. At the moment that is really all I can do.