“Here’s my secret. It’s very simple. You can only see rightly with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.” (The little Prince)
Our friend, mentor and role model is no longer with us. We reacted with deep sadness to the news that Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Bocker passed away last Friday, October 23, 2020, at the age of 81. May his soul rest in peace and may his spirit set the same power of love in motion within us.
Shortly after Elementum was founded in 2007, Professor Dr. Bocker took over the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Switzerland-based Elementum International. Together with the Pravica and Luitz families, he built up a family business that stood up for real values. After he retired from professional life for health reasons a few years ago and moved to Germany, he continued to function as honorary president and during this time wrote a few articles about macroeconomic relationships and the importance of physical precious metals for personal freedom.
When Hajo, as his friends called him, saw the light of day in Thuringia on July 13, 1939, he could not have foreseen that the Second World War would break out just a few weeks later. A monstrous attack by the collective on humanity and a tragic destruction of all cultural ideals that the Enlightenment had laboriously produced.
It is all the more astonishing, and all the more hopeful, that despite these dark times a free spirit was able to blossom, who with unshakable love, coupled with humor and acumen, provided warmth and light like a lonely flare in the rough night. Not for yourself, but primarily for your fellow human beings and nature.
Such selfless behavior has remained a rarity since time immemorial, but rather shines on the horizon as a perpetual glimmer of hope that people are fundamentally good. In the here and now that appears forever, such things give us hope for a better world. Hajo is such a timeless gift.
After studying mechanical engineering in Darmstadt, he studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and received his doctorate in 1978 from the University of South Africa. For many years he was traveling professionally in Africa and around the world, for well-known companies, personalities and governments.
It was these experiences around the globe that made him what we know, appreciate and love. A do-gooder, philanthropist and do-gooder who loved nature as if he could stop transient beauty. An ambassador for the good and someone who provided much-needed education so that the creature of habit humans can be freed from the cage of their thoughtlessness.
When he lectured at well-known universities in Germany, South Africa, Canada and the USA, it was the students and thus the new generation of managers who enjoyed his diverse experiences and lively stories from real life. Even if not everyone was able to interpret it and recognize his intentions behind the spoken or written word, he had the gift of at least being able to put a smile on the face of these people and to encourage them to think for themselves.
His unmistakable way of waking others up and stimulating them to reflect testifies to irrepressible charity and awe of the nature of collective being.
Secretly he knew that a different approach was necessary to trigger something in people’s minds. And so he did it with humor, including exaggerated words and seemingly absurd examples, solely in order to fully awaken the senses of his counterpart – cleverly packaged by his incredible ingenuity, his understandable wealth of experience and his amiable charm. Always humble and genuinely down-to-earth, because his life from the first to the last minute was anything but easy. May you now find your rest, because your work is finished – in all your perfection.
And so the grief and deep sadness about his passing is all the greater. Because we will miss him, although it is consoling that he created something that was made for immortality. His being has touched us, with which he lives on in us.
He has done his job conscientiously, now it’s our turn at the latest.
“Little of the great amount of cruelty practiced by people really comes at the expense of cruel urges. Most of it comes from inherited habit and thoughtlessness. So cruelty does not have very solid, but widely ramified roots. That is why it takes so much effort to eradicate them. But the time must come when the inhumanity protected from habituation and thoughtlessness will succumb to the humanity advocated by thought. Let’s work on it to come. “ (Albert Schweitzer)
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