Steven Spielberg


Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

When Steven Spielberg (born 1946), the award-winning movie director, was a young boy, he was plagued at school by a big bully who regularly ridiculed him, hit him, or put his head under the water fountain.

One day, Steven’s mother gave him a movie camera for his birthday. He decided to make a movie in which he needed someone to play the role of a big bully. He asked the boy who had repeatedly harassed him if he would play the role of a bully in his movie. He accepted with delight, and played the role very well.

In this way, that boy became Steven’s friend, and protected him against other big boys if they tried to hurt him (Arthur Kanegis).

A proverb says, “The only way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends.”


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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