‘Nachmeinemeinung is MY PERSONAL MEMOIR. It is a collection of my thoughts and opinions on issues or topics of interest as well as a recording of my life experiences.
It is a memoir of a man lucky enough to have travelled the world, to east and west, and meet people of different religions, of different beliefs, of different tongues and of contrasting yet similar cultures, as well as experience the changes that has changed the world we live in today.
And at the rate it is going, its not over yet, and hopefully not for many more years to come.’
I was in Germany from March 1987- August 1988 for a course fully sponsored by one of Germany’s foundations, the Carl-Dusiberg-Gesellschaft (CDG). Since the course was primarily conducted in German, we naturally had to learn the language.
It was during this time that I came across the phrase ‘nach meine meinung’, which roughly meant ‘in my ‘humble’ opinion’. It was a phrase frequently used when one is voicing an opinion that may, more often than not, goes against conventional wisdom.
In Germany, it is sort of an unwritten rule that when an opinion is expressed, the phrase demands that the opinion be heard and be respected, but not necessarily concurred with.
Hence, my use of the phrase as my tagline, and unknowingly, being a novice at blogging, also sort of became my nom de plume.
When reading again what I wrote above, I discovered that it still stands true. This blog IS my personal memoir, littered with my personal thoughts and views on the various issues of the day coupled with my personal experiences, knowing full well that I had been lucky enough to have experienced what I have experienced.
My fervent hope is however, may it long continue and not end anytime soon.