By Aaron Kahland, ambassador of Orania in Germany.
I’d like to start by telling you a story from the country where I live, Germany. It is the story of Max Planck, the great German physicist. In 1918 Professor Planck won the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum theory. With this new fame he was asked at universities throughout Germany to give speeches on his discoveries. One evening he was due to give a speech in Munich. On the way there, Planck was having a discussion with his driver and his driver asked him if he had prepared the speech he was to give that night. Planck answered ‘no, I haven’t prepared, I have given this speech so many times that I can tell it by memory.’ His driver responded, ‘I have heard your speech so many times I could probably give it.’ Hearing this, Max Planck thought for a moment and then said to his driver, ‘why don’t we test your theory and you dress nicely and give the speech and I’ll sit in the front of the audience and pretend to be your driver and we’ll see if anyone notices.’
And, according to their plan, when they arrived Planck’s driver got up in front of the audience and gave a speech on very complicated physics in front of an audience of Munich’s scientific community. He delivered it so well that no-one noticed that it was not Planck himself. However, after the speech was given, there was time for questions from the audience. Sure enough someone from the audience stood up and asked a question on Planck’s quantum theory. For a moment the driver stood still and then he slowly shook his head and said, ‘I was led to believe that Munich was a sophisticated and intellectual city. So it surprises me that someone from this audience could ask me such a simple question.’ The driver then pointed to Max Planck in the audience and said ‘Indeed it is so simple that I am confident that even my driver could answer it.’
The reason I told you this story is that today I feel a little bit like Max Planck’s driver because I have been asked to speak a little about Afrikaner history. I am an economist by trade but I shall do my best and hopefully, I can introduce something new to you anyway.
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