Have You ever heard about “Jantes laws”? In every society there are unvritten rules that one don´t break if one wants to fit in. There was a Norwegian author (Aksel Sandemose) that once wrote down such rules in one of his books, that applies in Skandinavia. I think that it´s just the last twenty years thet theese rules slowley stopped to rule our lives. Here they are:
You should not think you are anything special.
You should not think that you are as good as us.
You should not think you are wiser than us.
You must not imagine that you are better than us.
You should not think you know more than we do.
You should not think you're better than us.
You should not think you are good for anything.
You should not laugh at us.
You should not think any one cares about you.
You should not think you can learn anything.
Until last winter there were thick forest here, so I never actully looked that way when we are walking home. Bu today I did and got a bit puzzled because I couldn´t understand what cottage that was. But then I started to laugh out loud. It´s my cottage :-)
Not to nice are they? But that is generally how things have worked here. A child to workers have always become a worker, no matter how bright he/she has been. Why should he trie to be better than his friends? So if, for instance, any one gives me compliments about my pictures here in the blog I don´t know how to answer. Because somewhere back in my head something tells me that there are so many much better fotografers than I am, so it must be something else that made the pictures so good :-) The weather, the motive, pure luck. So don´t be surprised or angry if a sweed always answer in an avoiding way, we just don´t know how to respond to compliments :-)
But as I wrote, it´s starting to loose its grip on us and I think we can thank all our immigrants for that. They are not used to that kind of thinking and that will probably help the rest of us getting loose from theese rules :-) And You can imaging how we react when we hear a good athlete, from another country, tell the world how good he is :-) :-) When it comes to me and my work it´s a differnt thing. I´m never late to tell my bosses that I probably is the best painter they´ll ever meet :-) and that I get to little pay for it :-) But privatly, well You know, it was good weather that day and the motives are everywhere and the camera is really good :-)
Enjoy the day now!
Enjoy the day now!