#oslove

I will tell your story if you die. I will tell your story and keep you alive.

Some die old. Some die young. Some die for their beliefs. Some die for their country. All death is meaningless.
Thus it becomes our job, as survivors, to give meaning to death. To look for a purpose or a consequence to this endless void.

One year ago we decided to love each other again, to remember what we built our society on and that we are together in this world. One year ago.
One week ago, I saw poeple wanting to kick foreigners out of our country on the gneral basis that “their kind” are nothing but thiefs and beggars. One week ago, I saw mothers and fathers yelling at each other, one word stronger than the other. One week ago I saw 15 common people suddenly fill their whole with hate. One week ago.
One day ago, I saw the same people remember one year ago.

I hope that tomorrow, they still do.

We survived. We have to tell their stories. We have to give meaning to the pointless. We have to remember what they believed in, and to keep struggling for that belief that we are all here in this world together. If one man can show so much hate, imagine how much love we can show.

We survived. We have to remember and find meaning.
Some die yoUng. Some die old.

The end is here for some…

This week has been an interesting one politically.

I’ll be honest, I have been working some crazy shifts lately, awake at night, asleep through the day so I feel like I’ve been in a perpetual state of limbo, not quite awake, not quite asleep but drifting between the two. Today I woke up, and found my country in a mess, our genius of a Prime Minister thinks that it’s better to got it alone than to stick with Europe. apparently he has put the importance of the city ahead of businesses and industry.

Sarkozy today said in an interview that “there are now two Europes”

It seems that not only has Cameron severed our relations with the EU, but by doing so has weakend our position with Beijing, and the US, as Britain is now not sitting in a decision making seat in Europe, we are of significantly less use to them.

It seems that Europe is split, and that the UK itself is splitting in two, one side who want to stay with our European brothers and one who do not.

I know nothing about politics, but I know about people, and I know that when people work together they get further than if they work alone.

Let’s hope that Cameron’s decisions do more than just help rejuvenate this blog, but if not then there at least is one positive.

In the spirit of rejuvenation, I have decided to post a video, as seems to be the fashion, that I know you gentlemen will enjoy as much as I did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8C-qIgbP9o&feature=share

From your friEnd in Isolation.

…and the world we see

The world we live in and the world we see, sometimes, they are not the same.

I’ve been feeling really strange for a couple of days, like I’m in between something and something else, like I’m just waiting for something to happen.. So I took my camera and went for a walk around town, to clear my mind, to see people – just to take a look at the world and how it’s doing really. What I found was a world full of ignorant, ugly and horrible people that have no taste in clothing or in cars. I kept seeing people and thinking how many idiots there must be in the world – or that they all descended on Oslo on the same day…

But this isn’t the world I live in. This isn’t the city that is home. My world, my city, is full of beauty. My world is full of interesting, intelligent, funny and passionate people. My world is full of compassion, faith and love. Everyday, I work with people who care as much as I do, I talk to brilliant engineers and artists, I see loving couples on the bus and old people holding hands in the park. I see the rich lady helping the homeless and the volunteers all trying to make the world a better place to live. I spend my days with the love of my life. My world is full of love, full of passion and of great good.

I just have to choose to see it. I have bad days and good days. I see bad people and good people. My world is full of hate and of love. My world isn’t perfect.
It just is. We just have to choose what we see some days.

tHis is my world, it’s Perfect.
this is my world, this is how I see it.

the people of today

I wonder what the people of tomorrow will think about the people of today. Will they read about us in history and think in awe about the great things we accomplished. Will they read about the ones who conquered all plagues, erradicated war and brought humanity into a new era of compassion and peace. Or will they read about the generations that destroyed our homeworld, that spent all the resources and ruined international relations for all forseeable time.

Will they look at our technological revolution as the beginning of the end, or as the beginning of the new world? For this is where we have come now. We are at a point in our evolution, technological progress and interhuman relations where we, and I mean we; the whole of humanity, must make a choice. Do we stand back and watch, let the chaos and carnage happen? Do we let the world fall to the problems of our fathers? … or do we act now, do we let our anger and rage change the world forever?

I’m 25 years old. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in 12 months time. But I will do it with all my passion and energy. I did not create the problems of today, but they are my problems, and I have to solve them. I didn’t bring the world to this state of terror, but it is my world, and I have to live in it. I will do it with all my passion and energy because this is the only way it will ever work. We all have to do what we do, as good as we can, as persistent as our will lets us, and as arrogant as our courage tells us.

I see people my age everywhere, dreaming great dreams and willing something with their life. Don’t you see, we are a genetation of dreamers, visionaries and we will change the world. We have started to fix all that is wrong, all the things you did before we came, we will fix it. Just give us some time. And don’t try to stop us.
I did not create the problems. But they are my problems. And I will fix them.

I wonder what the people of yesterday would think of the people of today.

for yesterday and all tomorrows, we dance the best we know.

tHe Problem?

Our social inteligence

I have been wanting to comment on Georg’s post for a while, but I wanted to wait until I had the time to read and understand the subject more fully before I did so, as not to get the facts and figures wrong (in case I need them on my side).

One thing is the moral issue here. Should we all help each other to better ourselves and society? Definetly. Should those who are strong and resourceful help those who are weak and poor? Yep. Is it a human moral obligation to aide those who are less fortunate than yourself? I think so.

But for the sake of the argument, we can put all this aside. Forget moral obligation and ethical standards. Let go of community belief and beeing a good samaritan. And the vote still came out wrong. Why?

It’s stupid.

Yes, it’s plain stupid not to make everyone, not just the few, as smart and as good as they can be. You don’t blunt your blade before going to war. You don’t let half your country grow up without a proper education. In the long run, nobody benefits from this. People with lesser education tend to have more labour intense jobs, which means they are more prone to injury, which means they need treatment, and sickpay and all these things that will cost society millions of euros every year. They also work shorter, statistically, which means they cost more in pension when they retire.

All these things will have to, eventually, be paid for by taxpayers money, which also include those who have more money and are happy leaving things they way they are now… the taxmoney could have been spent on further improvement of the schools, the healthcare system or taking care of the old people, but no, they decided to keep it the way it is. Plain stupid.

I think one thing is to be worried about our social concience. I guess this we can change over time. But the social inteligence?

Maybe we’re fucked after all.

Has stoPped beeing surprised

Can we please stop this?

It is ridiculous what we have to watch on TV all the time. Every other day there is at least one feature of XXL Food restaurants. Places where people try to stuff themselves with so much food everyone else could survive for over one week. It is disgusting to even watch all those programms, all the XXL mega hamburgers, hyper hot dogs and the cheeseburger eating contest.

The example today: The longest hot dog in the world (and as a side attraction a hamburger that in the end has an overall weight of over 150 kilos!): An Austrian team of very well prepared gourmets set out to create this 130m long piece of sausage needed to break the world record. Their idea is as simple as it is stupid. They produce this sausage in 8 pieces that they then put together in a 130m long metal construction, which looks pretty much like a roof gutter. The idea is to then use 7 (!!) gas burners to heat up the water of the 130m metal piece until it reaches the necessary 60° C. After finally finding out how a construction of this length can actually be leveled so the water stays inside, the undertaking is already 1 hour behind schedule. It then takes them all together over 4 hours until they realise it will never ever work and they rather spend all their energy on the XXL burger they also produce. In the end, they throw kilos of sauce and vegetables on this huge piece of meat, whilst 130m of sausage are still awaiting their destiny of never ever being heated or even eaten. Along with all the sausage meat, almost 140m of bread are also looking forward to finish their short life in view of the inside of a huge bin.

I have enough of all the waste. We have the absolute privilege to live in a place of the world where we don’t have to starve to death. We have resources other people – let me make it more clear – a huge amount of people only dream of. I feel with all those absolute useless and stupid attempts to set a record, we pay no respect to the situation we live in and the ones others have to suffer. All support for anyone attempting such a record should completely be denied, nobody should ever go and watch them try something like that. There should be a law that does not allow the wast of food and the fines should be incredibly high. I am sorry for the really clear word on that, but I am really fed up.

Eating a salad now.

The changing world.

Our world is changing. Quicker than even we, the young generations, can percieve. We have in our short lifetime gone from a isolated “big” world, to a connected “small” one. Everything is connected to everything. I can type something on twitter, and it is visible to thousands of people instantly. I can post a video on youtube and anyone, anywhere, can watch it whenever they want to. But is this changing us as well?

Recent studies suggest so, and there are a number of examples; a 15 year old today has produced more written material than most people in their 50’s have in their whole life. Our language isn’t dying, it’s evolving. American researchers found that the number of words in regular use and the clarity of language for people leaving high school have gone up dramatically for the past 10 years. There is more: the average teen today will have between 7 and 9 jobs before his 60th birthday. The average adult born before 1975 will have between 3 and 4. Modern people read roughly 3000 pages of textbooks each year; and 12.000 pages of e-mail.

The growing numbers relating to the collective information of the human race is staggering: each year, we upload more video hours to youtube than the complete production of CNN, NBC and the BBC put together. The total number of tweets to date is over 1 billion. If Facebook was a country, it would be the world’s 5th largest. When the idea of computers first took root, it was thought that one supercomputer on each continent would do; today, there are over 2 billion computer devices in the world. It has been suggested, that by the end of 2020, e-mail will no longer be the preferred method of communication; social networks and IM will have taken over completely. In 2015, the handheld device will be the primary accesspoint for over 50% of Internet users worldwide.

We have begun the transition to a new world. When everyone is a reporter, a cameraman and a photographer. When news reach the whole world in an instant and everyone can access anything, what does this do for democracy?

We are changing the very nature of our world. A new order, a new power, with the people, no longer restriced by borders, but united by cause. How will our leaders adapt to this? And; is this the start of the glorious new united world? Will this be the end of countries and eventually, war? In a world where everything is virtual, the warrior is outdated. Will it perhaps be, that the ones who will give us peace at last, will not be our leaders, our diplomats or our politicans, but ourselves?

sHaPe the world