Germany is a strange country. I think it is fair to say that, I have lived there for many years, in different parts. I have grown fond of Germany, but some things continue to baffle me. Many Germans seem to have auto-destruct genes that compel them to minimize their achievements and to feel ashamed about their virtues. This tendency even interfers with their language as certain expressions, positive in their original meaning, have taken a negative connotation or have even turned from praise to curse.