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The Selfish Idealist

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When you do things for yourself, do you have to be destructive towards the world? Life can be made fairly good both for you and for the rest of us.

Maybe you'll not only help out, but even give everybody a good laugh from time to time.

Autumn skies

Two piano improvisations just before Christmas

Music Posted on 11 Jan, 2021 23:05

Dec 22, 2020.



Time to leave

Uncategorised Posted on 07 Jan, 2021 07:14

You know, Don, 

what you’re doing right now is not…sound.

It’s easy to fall into a slight fit of paranoia these days.

Many different people are standing against each other.

There is suddenly contact across lines that are normally kind of closed.

I mean in society.

There is sometimes real conflict, but there is also a lot of misunderstandings, about how the system actually works, about how other people think.

The people that you hate.

The people that you love to mock.

I mean, everyone has an idea of a laughing stock.

The people that mess up everything.

A lot of us talk like that now and then.

And…it may be that some of those words have some truth to them once in a while, but then again, it may also be that they are wrong.

And how true are your words? How wrong?

I think, when I am not too upset…that it depends, you actually have to check each time, in each situation.

You may have suspicions…but you still have to check and argue and discuss with others.

To use violence…not good.

There will be another election.

And another one.

There is still freedom of speech.

I hope so.

You didn’t win that election.

Seriously.

Sorry, mate.

You lost, by the total count also, and the number of electors.

There may be tricks and rotten things in politics, but the technical side of this election does not look like one of them to me.

And basically, it is not right to say that the whole system sucks.

Parts of it, certainly.

But not the whole thing.

So…couldn’t you just…pack it in?

There are rules in democracy which at a given point simply stops you from doing things, whether you are right or not.

Because otherwise the system would break down.

This is such a point.

You did some good things, be happy with that.

And you messed up other things.

I think the only way to get out of this…kind of properly right now, if possible, is to tell us all what you actually wanted to do as a president, and to what extent you feel you have done it.

And then leave.

Also because…I don’t always get it.

I disagree with you in many things, and I think you’re sometimes outright wrong, for instance when it comes to the climate thing, and racism. In total, I’m not sure where you wanted your country to go, but I also don’t follow every issue or every topic in politics.  “Make America great again”…that doesn’t mean much to me. In my opinion, seen from Europe – America, the USA, has always had too much faith in themselves, and my suspicion is, the reason is that in some way, I don’t know which, the reason is that you have too little belief in yourself.

Politically, that is where it comes out.

Privately – I’m not talking about that.

But actually, it seemed you managed to do something about that, internationally.

If this is true, it is not bad.

Seriously.

There was no war against Iran, and I think you didn’t start any wars elsewhere?

Well, it is kind of spectacular.

This is how it should be, I mean…peace, but how it should be is certainly not always how things are.

Maybe the US has shown a great side of itself after all.

But what is going on right now…

You did some things.

But you lost the election.

It is time to leave.

The name of this game is democracy.

It is also about letting go of power simply because the people, the majority, in a normal election, tells you to do so, within the system that the people has made to handle power. 

Even if the system is not perfect, no system is, it seems to have worked normally.

This is what has happened to you, I think, right now.

You should ask forgiveness for some things, actually quite a few at this point.

Politics. It’s not only about power, you know.

The last weeks, months, of your…work has been in the beginning ridiculous, then disastrous.

Time to call it a day.



Nice cliché

Oslo Posted on 01 Jan, 2021 23:14

Strolled through town in the afternoon, and it gave a really peaceful feeling. Grønland especially, the shops with lights in the windows or inside, the doors often open, people buying sweets or other stuff.

In Studenterlunden the Christmas market, the Ferris wheel was running, encouraging things in gloomy or strange times.

I hope the general feeling was right and that it goes on.



Worried

Music Posted on 30 Dec, 2020 08:05

Piano improvisation, by myself.



More music from “The Organ Gallery”

Music Posted on 30 Dec, 2020 05:35

Nigar Gahramanova plays, pictures by Marit Runarsson Bergh-Larsen.



The Organ Gallery – on YouTube

Music Posted on 07 Dec, 2020 22:34

Friend and musical colleague Nigar Gahramanova, from Baku, Azerbaijan, has made a new YouTube-channel for her recordings of organ music, together with Norwegian artist Marit Runarsson.

They call the project The Organ Gallery, Orgelgalleriet in Norwegian.

Nigar normally lives just outside of Oslo with her husband, but is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Here: Bach Prelude & fugue in e minor, BWV 548.



Don’t start that war

Comment Posted on 29 Nov, 2020 10:29

https://mail.google.com/mail/mu/mp/776/#cv/priority/%5Esmartlabel_personal/1760fde7646fc90b

Mr Trump, are you a killer?

Take the rest of your aggression and bring it to the golf course.

The game as a president is over. If you behave after the rules of the game, you simply do no big things and leave, because you lost the election. That is the normal thing to do.
If you go on, you will be known as the man who after all gave us a big war, which no one really wants, instead of actually making some peace, which you did, but you are about to destroy that.

I know you have the energy, but it is supposed to be used right, not just be allowed to explode somewhere, anywhere.

We will all suffer if you do.



France, or all of us

Comment Posted on 27 Nov, 2020 01:33

…and it takes time, and maybe a different kind of education, for a European to find out that the world has very different ways of normal, friendly behaviour, and different parts of life in which one is easily offended. 
Also, I believe that every culture has to have a mental opening towards the rest of the world, you cannot close a country culturally 100%.

I totally agree that each country or culture needs to protect their ways of living, arts, music, etc, but not 100%. No single culture has the answers to all human questions.

I also think…18th and 19th Centuries or earlier or later saw the cultural formation of many, most, European countries, and in order to do this properly it must have been necessary to exaggerate, as we humans regularly do. We can still, today, love the Marseillaise or national symbols of any kind in any country, but by now they ought to be etablished well enough to be fairly safe. If they are not, we discuss and there are conflicts, which we have to solve.

I would also not like the idea that France should not be French or Switzerland not Swiss and so on – but I feel this is neither necessary nor functional 100% today.

Think that thought, that maybe also some other old truths have to be kept, but also not 100%, and see what comes out of that.



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