Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Press, are all manifestations of our right to express ourselves and our right to be exactly the persons we would like to be. Any violance directly connected to those rights is a violation towards mankind, a step backwards in a process that needs to go forward! This is a serious situation in communities where democratic values allow people to stand up for their own view of life. Countries where these absolutely necessary rights are not allowed, should be questioned by the rest of the world, not once or twice, but over and over again!
I live in a country where I am allowed to have an opinion of my own and I understand that I am very fortunate. In the aftermath of the Stockholm terror attack the 7th of April 2017, several good examples of empathic actions took place. People formed groups for different purposes. All those friendly acts right after the terror attack is a true sign of a healthy democracy and to me they also show some hope:
We help each other in times of trouble
The terrorists want us to feel insecure, to fear crowds, fear going to public events. They want us to stay at home, not attending any concerts, any football games etc. Terror acts, whether they are in London, in Belgium, in France or like now, in Stockholm, is a global problem. Stockholm was hit yesterday but not later than tomorrow democracy strikes back in its own lovely way. Tomorrow a planned soccer game between the team Hammarby (from Stockholm) and Kalmar (from south of Sweden) will start off with a manifestation against terrorism. What a lovely initiative! I am not a soccer fan, but I am a fan of democracy! ❤
We can all contribute in different ways by using our democratic rights. My contribution will be writing. What is yours?
The Swedish Royal Family is always in focus in one way or the other. This time for the reason of a little newborn, that we so far do not know much about. According to the press release a child is born… Not a girl or boy, but a child.
Swedish is a german language and generally we would use the pronouns he, she or it, to refer to anyone or anything, but a few years ago, a new pronoun was introduced, HEN, pronounced exactly as one would pronounce the feathered mother of a chicken…
For a few more minutes now, we still don’t know whether the new little ”hen” is a he or a she. What we DO know is how much attention Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip received by keeping the sex of the child a secret like this.
I might be the only one who has never watched a Star Wars Movie… First of all, I haven’t even got a clue what the movies are all about, apart from a few caracters I couldn’t help but notice when they appeared in newspapers or on TV. Secondly, I don’t know how many movies there are, what the story is all about and what might be the over all idea. I think I owe it to my lack of interest. I’m sorry about that. I guess some of you could die for a Darth Vader dress. I notice nowadays that there must have been a release of a new Star Wars Movie, but I don’t plan to go to the movies now either…
I remember long ago when I was in Stockholm for a few days during my summer vacation. I was all alone in my brother’s flat and he said that since he didn’t have a TV at the time, I could use his computer to watch movies if I liked to. He had Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. That was history by now and I was trying to find something to do. The first evening I started off with Star Wars. It was not my cup of tea, but at least I tried… Luckily I had brought a book. I don’t remember what book in particular, but I am certain it was not The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. I remember I had gotten The Lord of the Rings for my birthday a few years earlier (the BOOK, I mean), but when the giver shared the story in brief with me, I decided to let it wait until I suddenly feel an urge to know what will happen in a fantasy world… That urge is still nowhere to be found… Anyone who’d like to buy a copy of Lord of the Rings in Swedish?
Next evening I thought I’d maybe give the Lord of the Rings a chance… Honestly, what is it that people like with this movie??? I pushed the ”fast forward” and stopped here and there, but nothing in particular caught my attention for real. It must have been a rainy summer, since I didn’t just go outside to stroll down the beautiful streets of Stockholm.
I’m very happy that we all have a choice. Those of you who love Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, keep watching for as long as you don’t try to persuade ME. I guess I’ll stick to When Harry Met Sally!