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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.

Interesting titles...from a bookshelf in the used books-shop Cappelens forslag in Bernt Ankers gate, Oslo. I won't try to translate the pun, I think, but it is a fun place to go and to shop.

Acceptance – and work, of course

Uncategorised Posted on 15 Jul, 2021 02:49

I have an old friend who once said, “trust in God, then God will trust in you”. 

I kind of liked it, although I felt it a little old-fashioned. 

Religion was never an important part of our friendship, we just talked about many things and once about this. 

Today I might think, “as long as you come back to me, I’ll rescue you when you need rescuing.”

God’s voice or my own thought? I don’t know, but it is maybe more in accord with how I live. I believe in doing good, but it’s like food, you can’t be healthy 100%. As long as you’re basically healthy, and work on it when and if you have to, I guess it could be generally ok.



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.



A short comment on Norway’s social system

Uncategorised Posted on 27 Oct, 2020 14:24

I talked to a friend the other day, an immigrant, of whom I know quite a few. We spoke of growing up, in my country and his, and I told him that when I moved out of my parents’ home at 18, after a while had no more money and phoned my mother and asked whether she could give me some. She laughed and said «sorry, from now on you’re on your own».
And that was it. I managed to do so, found a job and never got anything from my parents until I became ill.
My friend looked a little pale when hearing this, but didn’t say anything.

I went on talking about pocket money when I was younger and other stuff, but suddenly my friend said: But couldn’t you get anything from the government?

I was pretty surprised, he seemed to think that you could get money for nothing. At least that was what I thought.

If this was what he thought, it is a misunderstanding. Sometimes the surprise of an answer makes me lose focus.
Basically, the social benefits here seem generous and in many ways they are, but there are certainly limits and a huge bureaucracy involved, and today’s politics make things sometimes very difficult both when you actually want to cheat and when you are actually ill or in need. Also racist, it seems – sometimes the rules are made this way. It also depends who you meet in the system, more than it used to be. But you get money when you are sick or unemployed, basically, normally if you have a job already, that is, and you don’t get money for nothing, to put it that way.





Music by Fikret Amirov

Uncategorised Posted on 14 Oct, 2020 04:14

The classical music of Azerbaijan, of which I have heard only a few pieces, is very interesting to me as a European and a Norwegian, not only because of its natural, sometimes gypsy-like beauty and the obvious connection to folk music. Living in the country of Edvard Grieg I am of course well aquainted with this mix.

I also somehow feel that the music solves problems in a romantic idiom on a higher level of emotional tension than I am used to, which makes it…useful sounds stupid, but necessary to me, because normally these problems, themes, issues, would probably be treated and presented in another musical form, another genre.

Amirov is one of the greats of Azerbaijan. He lived from 1922 to 1984, which makes this music a little out of pace with what we normally conceive as the romantic period. This is maybe the reason for what I said above, the interesting treatment of themes I would suspect belonged in a different context.

I know the soloist a little, she lives and works here in Norway.



Trying

Uncategorised Posted on 25 Sep, 2020 02:32

I feel nervous posting a thing like…that video. Just underneath. I don’t want…war. Absolutely not.

I noticed the other day, from coincidentally reading some US form to fill in, that race was a category you had to tick off, which one you belonged to. I don’t have that form in front of me right now, but I think that was what it said.

I am not English nor American, so the intricacies of some expressions are of course not always available to me, all the meanings and thoughts connected to them. But I thought human race didn’t exist. We don’t look all the same, and culture is sometimes an issue these days, but biologically we’re the same, I thought so.

It’s easy to criticize others, to solve their problems. 

We all have…issues.

But public dialogue is turning pretty international, and it’s many times difficult not to react even if one doesn’t know the context of everything.

One difficulty is perhaps judging the consequences of something that is happening somewhere else, somewhere you don’t live and don’t belong, not like a local. 

Context.

But still.

The world…is not disappearing, civilisation is not coming to an end or something. 

I don’t believe that.

But sometimes things happen which makes me completely numb. It’s too much.

Sometimes I do things too, that makes me feel the same way. My private life is not an easy one.

But this is about politics, society, not private issues.

I’ve had it with us and them when it comes to basically, being human.

Political views is one thing, to disagree…

Discussions won’t stop. That’s ok, in a way.

But sometimes discussions come to a peak point.

The test of tolerance and friendliness is not offered us in a calm atmosphere.

The test comes when things get difficult.

Then you have to improvise, and at same time remember ideals from calmer times.

You have to crush a few eggs…

Politics is not a tea party…

Talk like that sounds like you have left the path of trying.

You have let go, you have let aggression rule your thought too much.

You know that you’re right.

Maybe you even know that you’re not an asshole.

If you say and think such things…

Sometimes I know that I act as an asshole.

Sometimes I discover things after quite a ẃhile.

I get angry too, but I know even then in the top of my head that there is a distance between an idea that I have in my head…and what should be done with it.

That’s why it’s necessary to listen to others.

Remember that no human alive knows everything.

That also deprives us the right of doing…anything.

To really know your neighbour, to know that you have the right to…pressure her…pressure him.

Use violence.

When society uses violence.

That’s even another thing, and more serious.

If that’s the conclusion, it sounds to me as if you should normally think again.

There is no such thing as race in the human world. We have the same skin, the same bones, the same feelings.

There is nature, geography, there is culture, traditions, the breaking of traditions…

We’re also different in many ways.

And alike.

We have to live with that combination.

So if you want peace, try again. If that doesn’t work, listen to someone once more. Read something else. Get some new ideas from somewhere.

I can say this even if many think I can’t. I am a stubborn guy, not easy to live with. I do and say stupid things too.

But politics is not the same as one’s private life even if there are connections.



This is…

Uncategorised Posted on 25 Sep, 2020 00:56

Warning, as one says…the content…

https://www.facebook.com/inthenow/videos/817988972303968

I can hardly watch this.

Mista…president.

What…is happening in your country?

What are…you doing?