I was going to write a post about taking the leap with my bike, about how good it feels to push my limits, but I just can’t make myself do it.
Today is election day in Sweden. A celebration of democracy, of our right to choose our electives. But I don’t feel like celebrating at all. All the votes have not been counted yet, but the overall trend in the result is clear; the racist party – the Swedish Democrats – will increase their share in the parliament by about 7 percentage points. This means that they are the third largest party in the parliament.
In a time when we are on the highway to hell in terms of climate change and loss of biodiversity, when wars are killing, mutilating and destroying the lives of thousands of people across the world, when the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. In a time when we need solidarity more than ever, when we need to open our hearts, minds and pockets to help out, in a time when we need to build our common future, together, my fellow swedes are voting for a party who wants to close our borders. This is insane. Completely insane.
But I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised. I am pretty sure that increased inequality, and increased poverty, creates desperation. Desperation in turn has a tendency to search for easy answers. Someone to blame. Someone who can solve the problem. We have seen this so many times before, be it WWII or the situation in Greece. In Sweden, the effects of the financial crisis have been milder, but things have changed. Our elections is no longer about ideology and visions, not about what kind of a country we want to live in. All debates are just about our wallets – who will get what – and who is to blame for you not getting enough. Thats insane! There are SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!
I want a different world. Can I have a different world?
There are so many nice things in this world, so many good people. I am really fortunate to live in a place where most people have a decent life, and where very few feel a need to vote for a racist party. I have the privilege to have fantastic people around me that pay their taxes, and still find time to help others (both nearby and far far away) while they try their very best to leave an as small as possible ecological foot print. I am not the best person in any of those respects. I wish I was so much better (one of the reasons why I want a GOOD government that can help me internalize my external effects). But I am so happy to have great people around. You give me hope. Thank you, and keep up the good work. We need you now more than ever.