Mario de Monti wrote:
In Germany, many aspects of our Nazi past are being "taboo-ized" to sometimes ridiculous degrees.
. With that kind of "politically correct" pressure, I can see how Germans would find it hard to laugh at Spock's joke. That is, your failure to see the "comic relief" in an otherwise grim episode is not because of what happened back then, but because of what is happening now
. (Is it really over, or has it taken a new form?)
But many people are weird—those having nothing to do with persecutions that happened so long ago have no reason to feel guilty about it today, and people who did not suffer such persecutions should not be demanding reparations from those who had nothing to do with it.
We should never forget the past, but that doesn't mean we should keep living it over and over.