Joseph Fischer, 63, is a retired electrician from Cologne, Germany
Whatâ€™s most important in life?
What are the elements of happiness?
What were your dreams as a child?
When I was young, I wanted a big apartment for myself, as I grew up in a small one. My dream came true 25 years later when I bought my own apartment.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Look forward and not back.
Are you worried bout dying?
Yes, I am worried about not existing anymore and not being there for my family and friends.
What do you think will happen to you after you die?
Nothing. I have an idea about what it will be like to actually die, but beyond that I have no thoughts.
When was the happiest time of your life?
After getting released from the army – I was married by then and had begun a family.
And the worst?
When a close family member let me down.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
Itâ€™s all about cutting a big cake easily into many pieces even though you could eat it all on your own.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
One person is another personâ€™s devil. But thereâ€™s a country with the opinion that all conflicts can be solved with war – the US.
Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?
Yes. It wouldnâ€™t be impossible if we all had the same language. Many languages cause many misunderstandings.
In summary are you disappointed with your life or happy at whatâ€™s happened?
I think Iâ€™ve had a good life. I would do both, the good things and the mistakes, again.
Did you have the opportunities you thought youâ€™d have?
No, I created my opportunities myself. I worked hard to make them happen.
How much has luck played in your life?
Exactly 35 percent – for the rest, I worked hard.
Has life been a battle or relative plain sailing?
A battle to achieve my goals.
How old do you feel?
How do you regard the aging process?
Have you achieved everything you set out to, or are there still things left to do?
Generally Iâ€™ve achieved everything. But there are two things left: First, Iâ€™d like to see my youngest daughter in good and safe hands. Secondly, Iâ€™d like to sell my owner-occupied apartment and get a smaller one.
Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, absolutely. But if you die very young, aged 18 or 19, you probably would want to have a second life. (BT/BF)