A lot of people asked me why I like Berlin so much. I have been pondering the answer of this question.
Berlin is definitely not the prettiest city in Europe, not even in Germany. The people are not the nicest. The infrastructure is not the most organized. Yet, I couldn’t picture myself living somewhere else in Europe.
Paul Graham mentioned in his essay that when we talk about cities, what we’re really talking about is collections of people and their ambitions. Berlin might be famous for its techno people, but it’s also the city of striving artists, budding entrepreneurs, and social activists. You name it, Berlin has it.
In Paul Graham’s words:
No matter how determined you are, it’s hard not to be influenced by the people around you. It’s not so much that you do whatever a city expects of you, but that you get discouraged when no one around you cares about the same things you do.
I went to a demonstration for the first time in my life because my friend here convinced me to use my voice to fight for a better policy for the environment.
Here I also built my very own small company because of the support from local startup communities.
I have reduced my trash output significantly and I started to recycle because most people in Berlin do the same thing.
In a hundred subtle ways, Berlin sends me a message: I could do more for the world, I could care more.
The city helps me to get to know myself and my ambition better. And of course, Berlin also makes me appreciate and enjoy Techno like I could never imagine before.