Equilibrism owes a great deal to Helmut Creutz in terms of content. For example, the parts of our concept that deal with monetary, tax and health insurance reform are based on the foundations he laid. He was a man who always got to the bottom of matters. Equipped with a keen analytical eye, he not only recognised grievances in society, but also always unearthed their roots.
While many react to injustices with vociferous protest, he first wanted to point out the framework conditions that made these injustices possible – and at the same time show the way in which these conditions could be changed. In other words, put reason before emotion, which is often blind.
Like so many of his generation, the Second World War prevented him from completing a school education that would have enabled him to fulfil his dream of becoming an engineer. On top of that, he was wounded in the war and taken prisoner. His health was badly damaged when he returned.
In the reconstruction years, it was not about how much professional experience someone already had, but what they dared to do. And Helmut Creutz had a lot of confidence in himself, above all because he was curious and used his analytical mind. He was always quick to recognise: “This is how something is – and this is how it could be”.
This applied to the field of interior design, in which he was active and developed new furniture concepts, for example. But it applied even more to all socio-political areas. Starting with the situation in the company where he had worked for over 20 years and where a change of ownership led to untenable conditions, Helmut Creutz realised that only solidarity can make a workforce strong.