30 December 2011

lost sheep

smiling at everyone in the street

26 December 2011

utenriks

- ... i Nord-Korea - du vet han diktator-dude'n.
- er han dau eller?
- ja og så gråter de, mye!
- gråter de?
- ja de må gråte!

(samtale mellom ungdommer overhørt i ei svingdør på Aker Brygge)

24 December 2011

happy christmas

the gospel of christmas gives dignity to every being
independent on one's past, present or future

20 December 2011

vismenn

da jeg var liten og bodde på vestlandet, trodde jeg at de vise menn kom fra østlandet.

nå bor jeg på østlandet og vet at det ikke var her de kom fra

15 December 2011

lights in the city

This little Icelandic a-capella group (3 Voices & Beatur) had a quality in the voices and a cheerfulness in the performance which I hadn't met in the streets till now this winter.

Their joyful and playful presence in the music as well as in the appearance, made a bright spot in the dark streets.

They write in their CD-cover: "It started with Sandra, in her favourite coffee shop. She saw long faces and wanted to cheer them up. She went to her friend and said: 'Kenya, let's sing'."

And they made my day.



Other pictures from today

10 December 2011

silence - the biggest crime

close communication
suppressing the free thoughts
"Ich respektiere Menschen gerade, weil sie klar sagen, was sie denken und andere wissen lassen, dass wir nicht so gut darin sind, Dinge zu verheimligen." Das Schönste, was die Menschheit hervorgebracht habe, seien Dichtung, Kunst, Film. Und immer gehe es um Kommunikation. "Alle Verbrechen drehen sich um die Unterdrückung der Kommunikation", sagt Ai. "Vielleicht machen wir fehler, aber es ist besser , als zu schweigen. Alle Verbrechen werden im Schweigen begangen."
die Zeit "Was wurde aus - Ai Weiwei" 8 dec. 2011

google translated:
"I respect people just because they clearly say what they think, and in this that we are not so good at hiding things." The best thing that humanity has produced were poetry, art, film. And it always about communication. "All crimes are about the suppression of communication," says Ai. "Maybe we make errors, but it is better than to remain silent. All crimes are committed in silence."

09 December 2011

rain-wet mid-december friday afternoon

walk and talk
 
eating out, in
 
bad mood
 
resting
 
under star and moon
 
walking men
 
walking on green
 
driving home
today's pictures



om jul:

«Det å skape stemning er det viktigste»
reklame fra Kid

«Den store jule-ånd er å dele med hverandre»
Tegneserie-tegner Arild Midthun i en NRK-debatt

«Ei krone her, og ei krone der, ja det blir det enda mer jul av»
Kiwi

«Frykt ikke - åpent til 24»
Oslo City

«det blir ikke jul uten julestemning.»
Aftenpostens anmeldelse av Disneys "Arthurs julegaverace"

«Lukka kan ikkje kjøpast for pengar»
NRK i egen reportasje om dette temaet

Viktig å holde juletradisjoner ved like. Har akkurat sett ”Love Actually”. Like bra hver gang.
Jens Stoltenbergs juletwittermelding

«Jesu fødsel er et uttrykk for Guds kjærlighet for mennesker»
Barack Obama

08 December 2011

free will

"Frey Wille" does not mean free will, it is a jewelry company
Being human
Where there is only "karma", "fate", "will of God", "destiny" or similar there is no free will
- and no responsibility.

"...
ZEIT: Warum sind Verschwörungstheorien so unausrottbar?

Eco: Die Menschen haben den Drang, ihr Scheitern anderen zuzurechnen. Schon in der Ilias wird das Schicksal Trojas als Verschwörung der Götter dargestellt. Wenn du im Stau steckst, schimpfst du über die Regierung. In Wahrheit bist du es selber, der den Stau produziert. Leute suchen Verschwörungstheorien, um sich selbst zu entlasten.
..."

google translated:
"...
ZEIT: Why are conspiracy theories so ineradicable?

Eco: The people have the urge to see their own failures as others' attributes. Even the fate of Troy in the Iliad is shown as a conspiracy of the gods. If you're stuck in a traffic jam, you scold the government. In fact it's you yourself who produced the jam. People are looking for conspiracy theories in order to relieve themselves.
...

From an interview with Umberto Eco in "die Zeit": Die Macht der Dummen

05 December 2011

being weak ..

drug addict crossing the streets with her big plant
.. is the only we cannot be clever in

.. but this is what the God of the Bible insist to use

03 December 2011

i think i won

Advent star from Clas Ohlson
... having the largest advent star in the area

sorrily there was no competition

giving meaning to symbols instead of letting the symbols point at the meaning

starry night
First we had an event, so full of life and joy that lots of symbols showed up afterwards to point at that event.

Then - because the symbols are recalling a joy - we give attention to the symbols themselves.
Or try to give them a new history.

That does not work well.
And we risk ending up in empty sentimentalism.

02 December 2011

receiving joy pure and simple

A little snow would have made this scenery perfect
Having bad conscience for not having bad conscience when enjoying anything fun and pleasurable, is a duty which easily has adapted to most religious, political and other ideologically conform movements.

Representatives for this mind-limitation are fortunately close to extinct, and I don't regard them worthy preservation.

But still there are some remnants left from this thought-culture, and they have an urge to always break in with a judgmental and lecturing "but..." when something enjoyable is presented.

Christmas celebration is the most fortunate opportunity for the most creative worries, starting with the worn out "buying pressure", "commercialism", "alienation" and "flattening" and continuing with the more subtle "excluding other cultures", "demonstrating economical class affliction" and "making loneliness even more visible".

The most desperate however, use their whole arsenal of rhetorics and despise and do a front attack on the whole idea of something outside their own thought-sphere - just google "atheist and Christmas" to find examples.
Norwegian article on the phenomena:
Morgenbladet: På toppen av verden. Norges mest irriterende mennesker kommer på banen. Igjen.

01 December 2011

27 November 2011

new, shallow myths

pariser platz
Religious people often feel threatened by science and other disturbing facts, and some of them at the same time disqualify themselves by rejecting to read the 2nd in the same way as the 1st chapter of Genesis.

But most pathetic is it when people who claim to be non-religious, believe they have got new insight from easy-readers like Dan Brown's and similar.

I get surprised every time people try to "teach" me something they have read in the product of one man's free fantasy which pretends to have more insight in history, culture and arts than the total of thousands of highly educated, cooperating researchers' work over the times.

Free, honest search for truth seems to be least present among those who tries to escape from what they believe are old myths, and find support in reality-disconnected, newly made-up myths.

26 November 2011

authority symbol

astronomical calendar
This hat - made in Europe almost 3000 years ago - is really a very complicated and advanced calender system, showing the cycluses of the sun and the moon. It is a large, sophisticated craftwork made of almost pure gold.
→ wikipedia

Those who know rules of the universe, receive personal attention, power and earthly wealth as well.

making an impression

Unter den Linden
the German weekly "die Zeit" showed in this week's issue a collection of German depressing town-names (triste Ortsname) on a map. I suppose any country can find a similar collection, but here are these ;-)


Armöd Armeding Armutsham Bitter Dumpf Einöde Einöd Fading Grauel Grauen Grauwinkel Grauwinkl Herbeck Herbstadt Jammer Jammermühle Kummer Kummereck Kummerfeld Kummerow Kummersdorf Kummertal Leiden Leidendorf Leidenhofen Leidenborn Leideneck Leider Leidingen Leidenberg Langweil Lieblos Motzen Motzenbrunn Motzenhofen Motzenrode Motzenberg Schlimmerstätt Schmerz Schmerzke Schreck Schrecksbach Schreckenbach Schreckenberg Stumpföd Todenhausen Todenbüttel Todendorf Todesfeld Todesfelde Todhof Tristolz Trüben Trübenbrunn Tristl Qualn Qualburg Qualitz Qualzow Wimmer Wimmersdorf Wimmeröd Ödtal Ödland Ödmiesback

20 November 2011

less equal

concert hall oslo
Kulturell selvinnsikt
Mitt inntrykk er at jøde-skepsisen er mer utbredt i Norge enn det som kommer fram i det offentlige rom. I de siste årene har det heldigvis blitt skrevet og laget filmer som beskriver disse sidene av vår kultur.
"...
deportasjonen og mordet på bortimot en tredjedel av den jødiske førkrigsbefolkningen, representerer den største enkelttragedien som rammet sivilbefolkningen i Norge under krigen. I alt ble 771 jøder deportert, kun 34 overlevde. En undersøkelse som er foretatt på Holocaustsenteret omfatter landssviksakene mot 23 nordmenn og én tysker som var involvert i deportasjonen.
...
Et gjennomgående trekk ved flere av de følgende sakene er at deltagelsen i arrestasjonen av jødene ikke var det sentrale punkt. Dette til tross for at enhver politimann eller lensmann måtte vite at de jøder som ble arrestert var helt uskyldige og de måtte videre forstå at de var gjenstand for en systematisk forfølgelse. Det som derimot var alvorlig for de politi- og lensmenn som ble tiltalt var deres NS-medlemskap.
...
Kun i fire saker ble medvirkningen nevnt som skjerpende omstendighet i forbindelse med straffeutmålingen.
..."

Kronikk av Christopher S. Harper i Aftenposten 19.11.11: Var jødene likevel mindre verdt?

distance

Berliner Dom oct 2011
Caring for the poorest (in all the word's connotations) is the first - and perhaps the only - a church should care for when it comes to other people. (Gal 2. 10)

"Bishops across the country, backed by Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, have condemned the coalition government's controversial welfare reforms, which they say risk pushing thousands of children into poverty and homelessness.
..."


Guardian: Archbishop Rowan Williams backs revolt against coalition's welfare cuts (Church of England bishops unite to take a moral stand against controversial policies that they say will hit the poorest hardest)

19 November 2011

two-step

moon, parliament and red light
gjensidig respekt
Uansett innfallsvinkel, sammenheng og årsaksforklaring, kan jeg ikke annet enn å glede meg over at stadig færre mener at vold er en vei til fred:

"Palestinernes syn på væpnet motstand er blitt mer negativt det siste tiåret, viser en undersøkelse fra forskningsinstituttet Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR). Seks av ti palestinere ønsker i dag primært en ikke-voldelig kamp mot okkupasjonen. Endringen er markant: Mens to tredeler i 2000 hevdet at vold var eneste løsning, svarer om lag 40 prosent i dag at de er åpne for en ny intifada – opprør – som bygger på voldelig motstand.
..."

(Morgenbladet 19.11.11.: "Drepte fire israelere")

17 November 2011

outdoor

karl johan, today
"fellesskapet", "samfunnet", "demokratiet", "friheten" brukes ofte som metaforer for det overordnede, uangripelige som maktmennesker eller systemer prøver å gjøre seg til talsmenn for.

"...
Solhjell skriver lite om Staten, men mye om fellesskapet, venstresidens eufemisme for staten. Den dagen et flertall ikke lenger fniser inni seg når de støter på ordet «fellesskapet», har venstresiden en sjanse til å erobre frihetsbegrepet.
..."

(fra Morgenbladet 19.11.11: "Friheten, døden og staten" om SVs nestleder og parlamentariske leder og Bård Vegar Solhjell)

16 November 2011

a bend

city hall, moon and tramway
Pragmatism wins
Another example on that totalitarian systems are getting weaker and fewer:
"...
The emergence of post-Islamism should be welcomed because it signals the failure of classical Islamism and teaches us that most people in the region are not motivated by ideology, instead preferring practical politics. In the long-term post-Islamism will also weaken the more extreme elements who are still dreaming of creating a totalitarian theocracy.

Political parties may still use Islam as an excuse to deflect criticism of their policies and seek to further entrench certain outmoded cultural practices and attitudes. Nevertheless, the shift towards democratic culture in the region should give us all cause for hope.
..."


Guardian: → Post-Islamists in the Arab world (or, Islamists mugged by reality)

en face

potzdamer platz
"It's always darkest
just before it gets
completely black"

;-)
-- heard in bbc radio 2

12 November 2011

grouping ourselves

oslo, oct 2011
In his book «Der Protestantismus», the German thologian Friedrich Wilhelm Graf starts his preface by saying that there is no "the Protestantism". Nevertheless he continues describing the different branches of protestantism and their common characteristics.



"Luther opened the door to claims of public respect for liberty of conscience and eventually individual freedom of worship." (→ Individualism - The Reformation And The Aftermath)
But even Lutherans expect other "Lutherans" to behave after common cultural codes, have the same opinions, practice their faith in the same way - and expect to be "rewarded" for this.

And then often both the believer and the non-believer mix believing with having a definable life-style - even if "believe" means something quite differently.

we see what we are used to see

Berlin, Sony Center
and really don't care.

"...
I dag er ikke Israel lenger et land, men en identitetsmarkør for venstresiden. Dermed sier folk igjen de samme tingene man har sagt om jøder i fem hundre år, og som førte til så fryktelige hendelser i det siste århundret.
– Når mener du at antisionisme slår over i antisemittisme?
– Når man begynner å blande de tre begrepene «jøde», «sionist» og «israeler». Det er ikke det samme, men man ser eksempler på forvekslingen i respekterte medier hver eneste dag.
..."

Forfatter Howard Jacobson til Morgenbladet 11.11.11

11 November 2011

late autumn

moon bathe
snow would have made the landscape lighter

09 November 2011

easy lane

oslo 2011
Conspiration theories and antisemittism have influenced culture and politics for decades and are still present and actual. The most known mix is of course "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".

Umberto Eco's latest novel "The Prague Cemetery" (which I have just started to read) deals with these matters, and the author describes his approach to the theme in this interview:

Umberto Eco to "die Zeit": → Die Macht der Dummen

08 November 2011

heroic

oslo 2011
bad guys dies.
In our classical fairy tales the trolls and witches alway dies in the end, and all sorrows are gone.
Similarly in most entertainment movies the bad guys dies as the simple sulution to complex problems. And we feel that our sense for justice is confirmed in the moment, but stupid after - because the solution is so primitive.
More scary is it when the real world is ruled in the same world.
Following article debates the moral implications related to killing today's tyrants:

"Nach der Tötung Gadhafis: Der Tyrannenmord ist ein altes Mittel gegen Despoten – und war immer ein moralisches Problem.
Im populären Kino muss der Bösewicht am Ende oft erleiden, was er anderen angetan hat.
...
Statt des heldenhaften Tyrannenmörders kennt das frühe Christentum nur den Märtyrer.
..."


Zeit: → Auf Gewalt folgt Gewalt

reality rules

berlin, oct 2011
Det er forskjell på å hevde at man vet og å vite
«... standpunkter ... spilles ut mot hverandre og folk blir sittende igjen like kloke – i stedet for å bli presentert for kunnskap som blir vurdert, motsagt og diskutert. Det som forsvinner er forståelse, sammenhenger og den kritiske forskjellen på å mene og å vite.
...
Han finner mye av forklaringen på mentaliteten som preger norsk samfunnsliv i 2011 noen tiår tilbake, da marxist-leninistene hadde meget stor innflytelse på akademia, medier og forlag. Naturvitenskap og teknologi ble betraktet som liksom-objektive instrumenter for maktutøvelse. Miljøkrisen og atomtrusselen ble indikasjoner på dette. "Alternativ" kunnskap, humaniora og samfunnsfag ble hevet opp. Ideologi ble dyrket, ikke kritisk holdning til fakta.
...»

Knut Olav Åmås om Bjørn Vassnes' bok "Sokrates og sjøpungen": → Flykter vi fra kunnskapen

07 November 2011

hiding in the shadows


unter den linden, berlin
Kritisk trenger ikke bety negativ.
Å finne svakheter hos andre krever ingen innsats. Desto mindre interessant er det når slike brukes til å representere helheten.
Etterhvert som livserfaringen blir større(?), blir likevel hangen til å karakterisere "dagens ungdom" hhv " de andre" med noe man selv hever seg over, stadig mer påfallende.

Steven Pinker er av Morgenbladet ofte blitt presentert som optimist på vegne av menneskehetens framtid, mens John Gray representerer pessimismen.
Følgende artikkel beskriver reaksjonene på Pinkers siste utgivelser:

"...
Av en eller annen grunn tror intellektuelle de virker smartere når de sier at ting går til helvete enn når de sier at ting går bra. Pessimismen er nærmest en ryggmargsrefleks, fordi den gir inntrykk av en skeptisk og kritisk tenker, sier Ole-Martin Ihle."


Morgenbladet:→ "Bedre og bedre dag for dag"

the good stays too

bekkensten, bunnefjorden yesterday
The grand questions about evil.
Philosophers often tries to catch the term / phenomena "evil".
Bernard-Henri Lévy has had a fruitful journey in the arab states lately, and again was confronted with this force.
...
»das Böse ist das Böse und nicht einfach bloß der Schatten des Guten«,
... Die westliche Philosophie ist im Grunde von der Sorge beherrscht, das Böse als Wahrnehmungsfehler wegzuerklären. Doch in Wirklichkeit bleibt es dauerhaft und konsistent. Im Herzen der Sozialbeziehungen und im Herzen der Menschen.


google translated:
"Evil is evil and not just merely the shadow of the good"
... Western philosophy is basically dominated by the concern to explain away evil as perceptual errors. But in reality it remains durable and consistent. In the heart of social relations and in the hearts of men.


Bernard-Henri Lévy to "die Zeit"; → "Das Böse bleibt"

04 November 2011

remembrance of last summer

cruiseship below preikestolen
chilly, windy and rainy, but all the same really comfortable and refreshing walks in the mountains where i belong

my brother's birthday

person in picture has nothing with text to do
Congratulations

03 November 2011

eating downtown

.. in a nice "hole in the wall" in berlin centre.
young and initiative-rich personnel served various types of soup along with bread for a small amount of money.
and the soup tasted good!

→ suppenboerse.de‎
corner dorotheenstraße / friedrichstraße
.. or the usual way
alexanderplatz

own way

Friedrichstraße, Berlin
Being a protestant, I should not comment this article, but I nevertheless find the following quote interesting and worth a little extra attention:
...
Not only did [Luther's] followers set out to establish church schools in every parish, but girls went there as well as boys, he says. "We looked into the records of school building in the German federal state of Brandenburg in the 16th century, and discovered that there were disproportionately more girls in school than boys. Protestantism, it seems, was an early driver of emancipation. At that time, remember, Catholic areas didn't even have any boys' schools.
...


→ Protestant v Catholic: which countries are more successful?

01 November 2011

alien

potsdamer platz. faces projected on a blank half-head on a wall during berlin's light festival oct 2011
"swede" in berlin

white guy
noen barn er gule
noen nesten blå'
(eller noe sånt)

attracting attention

quite visible - even when dark
some people engaged themselves in their own creative expressions.

most of us, however, were passive observers (consumers) with cameras