My new neighbours came to visit a few days ago.
Dont get me wrong, i like them a lot, they have character and interest and are charming people, but the first thing they did when they moved into their house was cut most of the trees, then dig up the entire garden for grass and car parking.
Now the house, which was Red is Grey.
My other new neighbors have done the same to theirs– a beautiful little hedge surrounding the front lawn has been stripped out – the grass removed presumably for new – all the fruit bushes, lily’s, and other flowers removed – a suburban creation way out here in the middle of nowhere – a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and suburbia is the key, the longed for status?
Visiting some old friends in the nearby town of Molde i remarked on this yesterday – my friend who is a judge, pointed to his grey walls and acknowledged my remark, yes we are loosing color.
Today on the news an article on how Norway is now becoming a country of greys and whites.
Norwegians have always wanted to be part of, to fit in, it does not fit in the national character to stand out – sure have a bmw, but make sure its not a bright colour.
Unfortunately i feel they are missing something, something very important.
Norway has always been a country of bright colors – its almost as if the psyche has recognized their value, needed to come home to bright yellows and reds after an exhausting day at work, then an exhausting ride home in filthy weather – a mental recognition of warmth and strength.
So what has changed?
Pure speculation, nothing to prove it – but is it possible that Norway is slowly loosing its identity. That ever present window on the world the tv is on and brightly shining in everybody’s home – it says «THIS IS WHERE THE REAL WORLD IS,» it makes a mockery of individuality, it makes those who view it perceive the world in a different way.
Everything about it tries to make us dependent on the system – before we were dependent on ourselves – we needed the fruit bushes in our gardens to say i made this – we needed our house to stand out so we could say the green one, the yellow one.
Communication with businesses in Norway is changing too – my modem burnt out – i could not buy a new one in the shops, the only way i could replace it was by ordering one from the company, Norway biggest communications company – Telenor.
After ordering it and waiting for 10 days i decided to find out what had happened – it turned out they the person i had spoken to apparently had not been bothered enough to put it in the system, in other words he had lied to me.
While there are many examples of this kind of attitude in modern Norway, thankfully the vast majority take their jobs seriously and have a very good work and life ethic, but the question is – is this a trend, are we going to become a jobs worth society caring less and less about the world around us and the people near us? are we going to stop caring about each other too?
While there may be many reasons for this, such as an incorrect perception there is no doubt that money has become such a major issue here that our dreams are now for sale.
Every Norwegian apparently loves nature and the wilderness, but our fjords are being filled with rubble from mining operations, our seas polluted by industry and our precious wildlife decimated for the production of alginates – something the industry would prefer you to know nothing about.
Even some of the state organizations regulating this industry are woefully lacking in scientific information and historical records regarding the harvesting of seaweed as our contacts with them have clearly revealed.(We supply some of them with information readily available on the internet.)
This is easily achieved if you know how the scientific community works and control the funding.
One very clear example of this is the salmon farming industry – a big salmon farm will produce as much sewage as a small city – the only difference is that a small city will have a sewage works – so what is happening to the environment where the salmon farms are?
They are being monitored by marine biologists from several state organizations.
We have contacts in the marine biological world who tell us that young marine biologists working for the havsforsknings institut and other state organizations are distraught at the state of the fjords as revealed by their research. Some have tried to contact the press and as a result lost their jobs or been severely reprimanded.
Havsforsknings institut has a board which oversees their activities – the vice chair of that was a lady called Lisbeth Berg Hansen – she is also on the board of Aker sea foods and owner of Sinkaberg - Hansen one of one of Norways biggest salmon farming companies.
One of the chemicals used to control sea lice is so dangerous there is a special remark on a Canadian Government website specifically mentioning that this chemical should not be used near or on water – Lisbeth Berg Hansen was also the fisheries minister for Norway.