There has been a lot of writing about what happened in Oslo and at Utøya last friday. I feel I am unable to write very much about it, but suffice to say, this has been a defining day for Norway. The people have shown their compassion, our leaders their strength and maturity.

foto: Vegard Grøtt

I remember fondly going to summer camp at Utøya when I was fifteen. It was the greatest summer I can remember, I even had a summer fling with a girl from up north at that island. My hope is that the kids will come back, to resist the hate, and show everyone that we won’t be bucked down by this crap, our love will grow even stronger, not just for each other up here, but for everyone in the global community.

I found this quote from a german newspaper article floating around:

“Even in their deepest sorrow the Norwegians don’t get hysterical. They resist the hate. It is amazing to see how politicians and the whole country reacts. They are sad to the deepest thread of their souls. They cry in dignity. But nobody swears to take revenge. Instead they want even more humanity and democracy. That is one of the most remarkable strengths of that little country.” (source)

Let’s dedicate our lives to show this pathetic terrorist he was wrong all the time. Let’s make a world that doesen’t build walls between “us” and “them”, but one that heads over for a cup of tea.

Man dreper ikke folk man er glad i. Så la oss lage en verden som innbyr til å være glad i hverandre.

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