Life is Beautiful – Leben ist Schön


Out of all the cards Kerstin showed me, this one with five gummy bears stuck out. There is no English version but Kerstin has a translation of what it says on the back:

“The ones that show four colorful standing jelly bears and one pale one that is knocked out. On the back they say…

“Life is beautiful: Breathing, laughing, loving, fighting, dancing…life is beautiful. Since 1975 in Germany 8 Million kids had no chance to live. Even before they could take their first breath they were aborted. Life is beautiful.”

These are given out for free…and people put them in pubs, clubs, wherever… And we created a web page that contains a lot of info and offers of help for women / couples who are pregnant and are looking for help.”


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • Wonderful metaphor – and though the ‘colorless’ one is the snuffed out life – I’m wondering if a little color to represent what he/she ‘could’ have been might not have as much impact?

  • @mean dean: “HARIBO” is “the” german gummy bear brand – and they have the same colors of the picture that was used. Maybe that’s way they didn’t put “extra” color on the last one.

  • i think the cards are lovely, but…
    research indicates, in australia anyway, that 80 percent of abortions are performed on women who live in violent domestic relationships. life isn’t beautiful for them. i can imagine them reading a card like this and saying, yep, all those other people out there who live beautiful lives shouldn’t abort their babies, but i don’t want to bring a child into my world.

  • This is powerful and a great message. Ellie, I understand what you saying. I grew up in a sinlge parent home and know some of the struggles you post about.
    Jesus came and change my life. I’m glad that I am alive.

  • maybe we cant choose for others but we can certainly choose for ourselves.
    our little baby appeared at a very inconvenient time in my studies and we had to change everything including our future plans [to live on a ship with limited space for kids]. but changing career paths was worth it. And the baby was not an inconvenience at all – she was a joy and it was a joy to walk a different path.
    We named her “Abigail” which means ‘father’s joy.”

  • andrew, i hope i’m reading this wrong – you’re not really comparing inconvient timing with bringing a baby into a family / domestic situation where their life will be under threat?
    [i’m not advocating for abortion here…]

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