Saturday, June 24, 2017

Finnish organizations

Finns have a society that organizes itself almost by itself and forms a well working whole without much problems. The basic idea is that people should have a way to express their nature in harmony with the demands of living in a society. The way to achieve that are hobby unions and other organizations: people with the wish to express their nature by doing something, join a hobby group or the like that organizes such activity with wisdom of how it fits to be a moral part of the society, for example arranges courses for beginners and rents the room for the hobby groups and has the needed equipments to offer. It is very convenient and serves to fit the people with different needs and wishes to be parts of the same peaceful society. What there are other types of interests, the society usually similarly arranges some road for them too.

Finnish celebrations

If one would like to celebrate Midsummer in the Finnish way but abroad, one could with the family eat some traditional food that is more countryside style, and then go out to a park or otherwise green area and sense the weather, the time of the day and it's light, the nature's beuty, birdsong and the like, leisurely, like is pleasant and has a nice atmoshphere. If one would like to go to some happening, a quite peaceful one to which one can take kids, maybe with violin music or the like: emotional, peaceful, traditionally inclined, sensing the nature etc.
If you like this, maybe you would like to read my long text about the seasons in Finland  http://finnishskills.blogspot.fi/2014/11/living-with-seasons.html .

Friday, March 24, 2017

Who is suited to what

It seems that people who move from other continents to Europe and Finland, tend to think beforehand that once they get to know Finnish culture, they would easily become Finnish. But that is not so, because the climate is such a huge factor. The climate demands a certain rythm of life, a large amount of the habit of looking all the time and some type of likings in what comes to what kind of things are nice and comfortable. Such are largely character traits: people just naturally like some rythm or consider some things nicer than others, so they are consequently suited to certain climate and not to others.
Like one can learn some skills of others in their favourite things, likewise one can learn some climate skills but still one's likings, one's whole character is inclined to certain climate that you would find quite natural to enjoy and excel in, at the cost of fitting to other kinds of climates.
In Finland climate does not make things nice if you err in your ways of living. Neither do food orientedness or drugs bring contentment with life here, maybe because it is somehow too cold here and rythms of life are different with which you get your daily life work well.
Some foreigners think that if school advice was good, one could likewise copy other good advices and examples of forefigures to do well in life and be happy. But magazines and media at large offer many kinds of things to many kinds of people, not targeting them for all to copy as if they were the same type of persons. Like there are a few types of houses in Finland to live in and different people like them best. Likewise there are many types of professions and different people like different types of professions, not enjoying their life if they are in somebody else's favourite job. And there are different types of hobbies, some fitting the pedantic, some the homely, some the sporty some nature loving etc. And there are many types of sporst, some for the agile, some for the courageous, some for the calm, some for the clumsy, some for all, some for the outdoors orientedm some for those who enjoy company or competition. Each person needs things suited for one's own type of likings and needs, while the highlights of others mostly do not bring good life to oneself.

One can be tuned to only one climate at a time. Often it is so of cultures too, and the European cultures are often very different in what comes to what types of foreigners they get well wlong with. So refugees wandering from country to country does not make so much sense, choosing one's favourite culture goes much better since the ways really are so different even in neighbouring countries.

It may be that often when one longs for a better climate or another kind of culture, the right answer isn't to move to live in another continent or cultural domain, but instead move maybe 200km to a place which is said to have a climate that you like.
Similarly of cultures: it is difficult to adapt to an entirely different ground for life and for society. Propably a different district in one's own country could offer just suitably much different kind of culture (that is why they manage tp be parts of the same country) if one would also choose a different profession taht one likes, maybe a different kind of place in the town to live in, different hobbies, and a far away interest in foreign cultures that one likes.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Finland's independence 100 years in 2017

Today, 6th December is Finland's independence day. Next year, 6th December 2017 Finland's independency is 100 years old.
Finns are not people who emphasize celebrations. Instead Finns value good daily life much more than celebrations.
Besides, it is cold here, so Finns' celebrations do not make impression on foregners. The independence day celebrates Finlnd's independence declaration 6th December 1917. But maybe the date was partly chose for two reasons: foreigners tend to forget how cold it is here, so emphasizing winter makes foreigners estimate better whether they can travel or even live here.
And Finns value freedom at the cost of stiff rules, so 6th maybe suits that, even though the Finnish rule "Live and let others live!" i.e. "It is ok to be selfish in ways positive for happy life but not to mess with the lives of others, (except that fairly influencing is ok)." gives lots of freedom and a well working society. It also tells what people want to defend: good life now and in the future, so it kind of gives the dynamics of peace and war time motivation of countries and their people, even though it settles disputes so effectively that there is less need for wars.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Finland militarily

In practise Finland has three neighbours: Russia, Sweden and Estonia. There is also a small border with Norway in the Lappland. Finland has an army with military service but most of all is a country with lots of negotiation skills. Finland knows how to balance on different interests, to which the rule "Live and let others live" (see the beginning of this blog) gives lots of help without giving any disadvantage in military questions. So in practise Finland is very sovereign nation.
Militarily Finland does not consider Sweden or Estonia any danger. Swedes are less skilled than Finns on their general skill level, which gives Finland an advantage, even though Sweden is somewhat bigger, but people on more southern areas, like lots of Sweden, do not work well in more northern areas, but the main difference is the huge difference in skills. Estonia is just small. Both are considered some kind of allies.
On the other hand Russia is considered a military threath since it is a very large nation with experience in war. So Finland has a tendency to be conquered by Russia. But since Finland is clearly a part of Europe and culturally unique, has a strong economy and a peaceful position as a democracy that takes part in international affairs, in this respect Finland has the tendency to gain autonomy under Russian influence. And via Finnish negotiation skills that leads soon, in days, back to independency, which is benefical both to Russia, Finland and the other nations of the world.
Finland has a strong interest in international affairs and tends to be social with more faraway nations, mostly with Europe and USA, somewhat with japan and the wide world too.

Friday, September 9, 2016

About Kalevala

The Finnish national ephos Kalevala, a collection of old poems, has a profound touch in the form of myths like stories. It connects good quality thinking with a deeper, more profound, much more ages old, more fractureless way to look at things, like the nature and the elements maybe offer to one who understands such deeply.
Such brings to my mind another old tale: that the world, our lives, are in fact in a Lapplandish "kota" tent made of reindeer skin, and the fire in the middle of the tent has burned small holes to the tent: so are born stars. So it is at the same time somehow comforting, warm, more like life in it's original form that is good to live and better for feelings than physics etc, and less exact, kind of in another language, in another way to look at things, yet something to learn from.
In the beginning of Kalevale there is a piece somewhat like " I wish to sing a hymn about the spirit of our relatives/family, to produce a hymn about our specie's instinctual wisdom..."



My translation from the beginning:



"Kalevala


I would like to,
I think with my brain
to start to sing,
to set my words,
 to produce a song about the spirit of our family,
a hymn about the instinctual wisdom of our species.
Words melt into my mouth,
talk drops from my mouth by itself,
hurries to my tongue,
breaks to my teeths.

Dear bother, my fellow,
my beautiful comrade whom I was raised with!
Start to sing with me,
set your words with me,
since we have now met
after having been apart!
Rarely we see each other,
meet each other
on these poor borderlands,
poor northern lands.

Let us set hand in hand,
fingers between fingers,
to sing well,
to produce our best,
for to hear those golden ones,
for t know liked ones,
in the young raising up,
in the growing people:
found words,
tuned hymns
from the belt of old sage Väinämöinen,
from thebuff of smith Ilmarinen,
far away from pale Kaukomieli,
fromJoukahainen's bow's way,
from the farest reachest of the fields of North,
from the lands of Kalevala.

Those sung my papa
while making woodworks;
those taught my mom
while making clothes,
me as a kid on the floor
running around at the level of their knees,
as young kid with mouth dirty from milk.

Sampo money making machine did not lack words,
neither did witch woman Louhi lack threads:
Sampo got old from words,
Louhi disappeared in threads,
Vipunen died of religious songs,
Lemminkäinen soldier to playful games.

There are also other words,
problems I have learned to solve:
taken from the roadside,
copied from the beauty of the undergrowth,
gotten strenght from the style of fallen tree branches,
leraned from the atmosphere of young tree plants,
from everyday life labour,
from everyday problems solved,
as I was herding cattle
as a kid all the days,
on honey ground,
on golden hills,
after a black cow Muurikki,
with a multicolour Kimmo cow.

Shivering with cold I learned with the help of religion,
the beauty of rain taught me poems.
Another religious hymn brought the winds,
the waves of the sea drove.
Singing birds joined words together,
tree tops sentences."

Friday, July 8, 2016

About being a Finn

Finns typically firstly always take care that they fit the Finnish climate, it's temperatures.
Secondly they almost always care for healthy natural ways of living that are good to live with in this climate and bring a pleasant feeling, health and high skills.
Thirdly they often take care that they and their deeds fit into parts of the Finnish society: "Live and let others live", rationally grounded moral and healthy common sense with a picture of the whole and civilized views and healthy spirit.
Fourthly Finns pay inside these frames attention to living a life according to their own feelings - while leaving room also for others according to the rule "Live and let others live".
Such is a quite good life!

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(Maybe my text is difficult to understand from a very different clomate. Even though it may make you warm, it is just an attitude,a way of living, not anything intentional in the text. You understand the text fully by paying attention to the thoughts in the text and to the feelings connected with those phenomena in life, in the world and in the wosicety, paying attention to what different values cause to the quality of life if followed widely and choosing so the wisest tactic, and paying attention also to social information and to the workings of the society and respecting moral.)