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Charity: This is what celebrities achieve through their commitment

Dr. Sandra Maxeiner is committed to being more human and helpful. In the interview she talks about prominent support.

Dr. Sandra Maxeiner launched the "What really counts in life" campaign for more humanity. To do this, she spoke to many people who do volunteer work. Numerous celebrities also support charitable causes - Maxeiner's campaign is supported by Roland Kaiser, among others. She spoke to spot on news about the motivation. "I am unable to say what drives stars in general. But for the people I have spoken to, it is an affair of the heart," reports the political and social scientist. "Her commitment has made her more grounded, yes, if you will, a little more normal. Because as a prominent personality you run the risk of losing your grounding because you are so often courted and glorified that at some point you believe you are actually as important as the last applause. "

And Maxeiner continues: "Roland Kaiser explained that very nicely in our conversation. I think social engagement can give celebrities back a piece of" normality ": a life beyond the stage and the limelight and the feeling of being a person and not just being" Celebrity ", to be valued and recognized as a" singer "," actor "or even as a" politician ". I believe that it is this natural way of dealing with people who need help that sharpens their eyes for what really matters in life. Social commitment gives your life a deeper meaning and fulfills it even if one day the glaring spotlights are no longer directed at you. "

"Predestined to motivate other people to help"

When asked whether socially committed celebrities motivate people to help better than "normal people", she replied: "Very clearly: Yes! Many of the prominent personalities are role models for other people, they are admired, respected, valued, respected and by them For this reason alone, they are predestined to motivate other people to help. In addition, with prominent personalities, of course, they know the public perception on their side, that is, they can advertise their concerns and can generate attention, as it is not possible for us "normal people". "

Angelina Jolie goes to the UN Security Council to stand up for refugees. Can such actions get politics moving? "Yes, of course," says the expert. "I really admire Angelina Jolie's commitment to human rights and her commitment to refugees. In the conversation I recently had with him, Wolfgang Bosbach emphatically pointed out that he would like more commitment in the care and integration of refugees." We took in 28,000 refugees in 2008, 203,000 in 2014 and we are expecting 400,000 refugees this year. This is a huge achievement by the state, but the personal commitment of the citizens must also be added to this organizational achievement [...] so that those who seek protection and receive protection also have the feeling that they are really welcome in their new home country are.""

Angelina Jolie is "courageous and credible"

The commitment of prominent personalities - "especially if it is as courageous, courageous and credible as with Angelina Jolie" - can, according to Maxeiner, "of course help to get politics moving". But at least as important as the action of politics is "that more people in our country feel responsible, recognize the plight of the refugees, deal with their problems and give them the feeling of being welcome. This closes the circle and we have come back to the importance of our action "What really matters in life" and our call for more humanity. "

And what about social engagement in Germany? "If you look at official statistics, you could get the impression that everything is actually fine in this area: Almost 13 million people in Germany are involved in voluntary work, a citizens' initiative, a club, association or the like. That sounds like a lot , but this impression is deceptive, "says the author of the reference work" Dr. Psych ". "In my experience, which I have made in many discussions with volunteers, associations and foundations, there is a great need for volunteer assistants in a number of areas that cannot be met."

"Bringing humanity into society"

Many organizations suffered from the fact that they are urgently looking for volunteers but cannot find help. "For example the Björn Schulz Foundation, which has been desperately looking for family companions (who accompany families with life-threatening and life-shortening ill children, adolescents and young adults) for some time, but cannot find any. But in our opinion that is not the only deficit. We have them Action launched because we want to bring humanity back into society more broadly, because we want to sensitize people, encourage them to look and help others who cannot help themselves. After all, at some point in our life each of us can - sooner or later - get into a situation in which he depends on the help of others. "

And the helpers themselves also benefit: "I was deeply impressed by everyone I spoke to," says the expert. "You showed so much curiosity, so much openness and tolerance, but above all passion and unconditional acceptance for people that I have seldom experienced before. In short, I have met people who have surpassed themselves because they fully behind stand what they do. "

Helpers benefit in many ways

Probably the greatest motivation of their interlocutors is the feeling "that they want to give something back and make their contribution to a better, more humane society. And not because they expect anything from it, but because they simply really enjoy it help. And let's be honest: Is there anything that could be more beautiful or more fulfilling than a motivation that comes so deeply from the inside of the heart? "

According to Maxeiner, the helpers benefit in many ways: "They get to know themselves better, they learn to admit mistakes, not always have to be perfect, to move away from predefined intentions, they learn to wait, to observe closely and not to approach people so quickly." condemn ". They learn to listen, be patient and first ask how one can support - and not immediately come up with advice."