Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Whole Lot of NOTHING Going on Here

I’ve spoken a few times about the need in Munich for conformity, and the need to follow the rules. The whole society seems to be built on the idea of order, as if everyone will (and they often do) abide by the rules. But even with that in mind, it still cracked me up to see this sign outside the amazing St. Peter’s church. The church is the oldest in the inner city, and it’s original settlement dates back to the 8th century. The sign seems to limit just about everything, and I haven’t quite figured out what that fourth picture is telling me to NOT do. Is it dis-respectful to have your hands in your pockets in a church. If so, it’s the first I’ve heard of it. At any rate, careful what you do (and don’t do) in Munich churches. It certainly doesn’t make you feel all that welcome, but perhaps after 1300 years, that is not their primary goal.

4 comments:

giovanni said...

I've been there mamy times but still cannot figure out why. Probably it is unrespectful to walk as if you were just outside, with hands in your pocket. Do you think it can be 'cause of terrorism's fears? naaaaa

headbang8 said...

Don't amuse yourself on the sly during dull moments in the service.

Well, as a former altar boy, that's how I read it...

cara said...

I think with rules as oppressive as those, amusing oneself on the sly would be the only way to get through it!

Petrus said...

The notice failed to mention taking photographs with a flash or talking in a loud voice, touching objects or paintings, no running.

Where is the sign asking you to leave your umbrella and bag at the door ?

Not many restrictions here - you should see some instruction boards !

And last - where is the notice saying you enter at your own risk .. ?