Heaven and Hell


Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

dietrich fischerSt. Peter showed a visitor heaven and hell.

First, they came to a large room crowded with people. There were pots full of delicious food, but they had long spoons tied to their elbows with which they could not reach their own mouths, no matter how hard they tried, and they were terribly hungry. “This is hell,” St. Peter explained.

“Now I will show you heaven.” He took the visitor to another room, which looked exactly the same. The visitor asked surprised, “But what is the difference?”

St. Peter explained, “Here they are feeding each other.” Through cooperation, we can turn hell into heaven.


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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