Selbst and I decided we would celebrate Columbus Day this year by thinking about what makes people discover things and what comes of it--the good and the bad as well. today is the anniversary of columbus sailors first sighting land, an island in the bahamas but the real impact was when they told about it back in europe, it was around 1 March 1493. columbus had a meeting with the King of Portugal shortly after making harbor it was the reporting back that helped to set modern Europe in motion, the surprise and the so-to-speak optimism encouraged people to think and behave with somewhat more originality than was usual. --------- so, whether it is for good or bad, I want to take notice that people can do this----make really fundamental new discoveries. it is a kind of self-respect for our species---to recognize what our kind of monkey can do, or our kind of fish-with-legs hello Selbstüberschätzug! if you are still there. and I will think of you as not überschätzung but simply as einfach Selbstschätzung.