My absolute favourite Pink Floyd Song is again topical in Finland. Shine on you crazy diamond.
It’s autumn, November has officially begun, we’re slowly dragging ourselves towards winter. We walk in the darkness, it’s mostly cold and gray outside.
The light that shines at 5pm, when it’s already completely dark, is not a diamond. Instead, it’s pure, concentrated ugliness – the safety vest.
When I was a kid, we wore safety reflectors on the sleeves of our jackets. You got them for free in banks and insurance companies, and your parents pretty much made you wear it.
Believe it or not, in the recent years us Finns have taken the level of pragmatism up one (three? five?) notches. Many people wear The ugliness even in Helsinki, especially cyclists. I do get the point, as I am Finnish after all, and aim for pragmatism everywhere. But still, does it have to be so hideous? Do we have to be quite this pragmatic? I’ve seen dogs wear a vest, too.
Who designed it? And how did it enter mainstream Finland? Oh, and did I mention that I have one, too? I’ve never worn it, and never will. Got is as a complimentary gift from some company.
Yes. These are the kinds of gifts we give one another: safety vests, vacuum cleaners, irons, socks, mittens and all things practical.
Sometimes I think it was only very recently that we crawled out from the woods and fields. In addition to our sense of style, it might explain many other things as well, such as difficulties in cultural interaction and having neighbours.
Having said that, of course I know that seeing a pedestrian or a cyclist without any safety reflectors is practically impossible in this darkness.
The darkness affects people in many ways. Many take on a slower pace (like me in writing) and curl under a blanket on the sofa. Candle sales are up. If you’ve never lived in the North, you may not realize how soft and beautiful the light is when it’s alive. Candles will do, but a fireplace is better.
♥ In the meantime: More secrets seep in the open from the party that does not officially hate anyone but welcomes everyone (with conditions).
♥ Song of the day: Sigur Rós, Svo Hljótt