As I’m following discussions in Finland about the tragedy of Norway and reasons behind it, I remembered something. An earlier posting, where I quoted the Finnish country brand report. The quote is so superb that I’ll repeat a part of it here.

The ideal of a safe and functional society is turning towards a hierarchy-free model. The old route to controllability was through control, the suppression of information, and the threat of violence. A competing model is based on the notion that the best thing to do is to remove obstacles to insecurity and a lack of functionality. For this to be possible, equality and trust must be created in society through a sustained effort. The peace and safety of Finnish society is based on the idea of ‘more keys, more problems’ the more there is to lock away, the more there is to control.

Yes. Equality and trust, we would need both. I don’t see either in present discussions. I believe we Finns lack a specific gene, the one that makes other nationalities able to have constructive discussions. We don’t seem to be capable of that.

We are stuck on a debate on who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s more hypocritical than the other, who’s eating meat and still dares to talk about climate issues, who actually started the civil war, whose political movement has done more mistakes in the past than others and as a cherry on top: who is blind to the surrounding reality.

It’s a disaster. Nobody’s blind. We just see the reality in different ways. As someone commented on some public forum recently (sorry don’t remember which one): When John tells about his weekend trip to Åland with Jane, it’s a nice family event, even the kids enjoyed themselves and wine was surprisingly good. When John tells about his weekend trip to Åland with Jake, it’s gay people pushing the gay agenda.

Just like there is no absolute truth, there are no categorical rights or wrongs when it comes to reality.

We should be talking about political murders. I might be forgetful by mistake, but the only ones that come to my mind from Scandinavia are Anna Lindh in 2003 and Olof Palme in 1986. They were both social democrats. One could assume that the youngsters slaughtered in Norway were social democrats, too, at least future social democrats.

If someone wants to wipe out a generation of active, political youngsters, regardless of the party, it’s alarming. When someone actually does that, it’s a serious warning sign for the society – not only for Norway but any society similar to it, including Finland.

Standing by your values requires a spine. As of now, I see a lot of spineless cowards here and there, focusing on shooting down arguments made against nationalist bigots or denying the confluence to the Norwegian tragedy altogether. If you cannot stand by your values and the political solutions you’re advancing without having to tell others how their criticism is groundless and empty instead of focusing on your own message, you need to straighten out your spine.

It’s like a household argument at its worst. Pointing fingers, looking for someone to blame, shouting without listening = an epic fail.

Change does not happen in the extremes. Change happens in the middle. So take a good look at the quote above. If you agree, start working towards your goal. If you disagree, focus on working towards whatever it is that you want to see in the world. I’ll be there to twist your arm with my arguments.

♠ In the meantime: I would like to hire a personal barista to my office. Anyone?

♣ Song of the day: Joni Mitchell, River

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