Flying shame is a thing of the past: In the best Germany of all time, not only those who love to travel should sink in remorse – no, Germans should be ashamed of heating their own four walls in winter. “ZEET” currently recommends an electric heating pad for all citizens who feel “shy about heating”.
A comment from Vanessa Rainer
The “Zeit” promotional article hidden behind the payment barrier begins with these words:
In cold weather, heating economically is now considered a civic duty. A stylish looking heating pad will help anyone suffering from heating shyness. Even if it starts cracking.
ZEIT.de, 6. November 2023
The first sentence itself is surprising: affordable heating is certainly not a “civic duty”. Instead, it will be the federal government’s sole duty to ensure a secure energy supply and, above all, affordable energy prices. Because that’s why governments are elected in a democracy: they have to implement the will of the people and work in their best interest. Moreover, they should stay away from the lives of sensible citizens.
So why should people now face “hot embarrassment” if they dare to provide warmth within their own walls despite political failure? There was little understanding on social networks about the failed advertising campaign.
According to “Zeit”, the “solution” for those who are afraid of heating is an electric heating pad with a lithium-ion battery, which costs a three-digit euro amount depending on the size. One almost wonders whether charging batteries is still morally justified, given that the green energy transition is increasingly threatening Germany’s electricity supply. Should the average German perhaps also be ashamed of this?
Some X-users are already feeling the impending heating probe in German homes. Work on monitoring citizens’ energy consumption has been in full swing for a long time, as part of the Heat Planning Act and through so-called smart meters. Perhaps in the meantime a condemnation portal could be set up for vigilant block wardens?
If anyone in Germany should sink to the ground in shame, it is those in government who act contrary to the interests and needs of the citizens. High energy prices are already forcing people to avoid heating their homes as much as possible. Instead of dismissing this untenable situation and recommending heating pads, it would be good for the mainstream to call politicians to order and remind them of their oath of office.
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