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.)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Motivation for this blog

I have two motivations for this blog.

Firstly of Finnish skills especially the first few ones in this blog could be very valuable to also other countries and bring the world toward better for all. And not so laborous to learn.

"When a culture disappears
I wanted to send this idea to someone associated with indigenous peoples.
If no-one else than locals is able to follow a culture even if they
have lots of good will but a different cultural background, then that
culture is bound to disappear as globalization proceeds.
But if that culture's values and wisdom can be taught to people from
other cultures, preferably via literature, then that culture can gain
a wider influence and largely keep it's traditional values.
My attempt at protecting this way the culture of my homecountry
Finland in Europe:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Finns value Finnish culture more than Swedish

Finns value the Finnish culture of Finland more than they value Swedish culture. But some Finns do not know Swedish culture and so they suppose that Sweden has the same ghood sides as Finnish culture. But the Swedish are imago oriented and claim to be the best even if facts would strongly oppose such claim. Finns are interested in realism, good life, good society to live in, a good future on strong grounds, healthy spirit and rationality with a picture of the whole. Finns think that facts speak for themselves and for the Finnish culture. Foreigners often think that Finns value them a lot but that is just a tiny fraction of how Finns value Finns because of Finns following the Finnish culture wiuth it's valuable good sides.

I guess that much of the unfortunate sufferings of Finns are a consequence of some - mostly foreigners very far away - thinking that Swedish culture or it's imago is better than Finnish reality, so that Swedish level forms a some kind of maximum for the success of Finns, and that is much much too low and causes lots of suffering and crime. It appears that this has been so since ancient times. Why? Even nowadays the Swedish speaking have a much too big position in the media and in the society. I just listened to a religious radio station and someone sung in it so beautifully, like the society level good will in Helsinki, from where I am originally from, except that it wasn't so very moral person on that scale, and I realized that I had maybe never before heard so much good will in a radio song, never heard radio songs of my own cultural background. But the dictator like unwise Swedish we do hear. There is a huge intelligence difference, especially in wisdom of life and moral, between The finns and the Swedish. An adult Swedish person on his/her educated side corresponds to maybe an average ten year old Finnish kid, while the social and society level short-sightedness and consequent lack of moral of Swedish adults corresponds to maybe an average four year old Finnish kid.

What are then other countries like compared to Finns? Africa seems to be with hope of developing toward European wisdom and with positive leisurely ways. Latinos seem unwise in society level and social matters but with positive emotionality, except that is it in fact more scarce and less profound than the Finnsih everyday emotionality? Those in USA seem  more fake like than Finns and more market economy and media oriented. Arabs lie a lot and their society is a mess. Asians seem somehow unwise, not with healthy enough spirit in their society. Finns do not associate much with Russians but feel somehow like-minded. Europeans feel like-minded and to be on the same course in society structure kinds of things but more food-centered than Finns.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Finns with the eyes of Buddhism (Asian philosophy applied to Europeans)

Finns are European and Christian but if one would look at Finnish culture with the eyes of the Asian philosophy of Buddhism, one would maybe count Finns at large as enlightened, and on the other hand the Swedish and the Swedish speaking Finns as not at all enlightened. That would refer to Finns having an understanding of their own, of living a practical life at the level of experience of life and individual feelings and having compassion toward others and good will toward the world as large an important motiovation in life, for example in working life and in the workings of the society. On the other hand Swedes and Swedish peaking Finns memorize book knowledge and advices of ther culture and of othre persons and try to live their life from that level, far from basing their life on the level of experience.
Enlightened ones are said to be continually happy and to have no pain or suffering. That is not true of Finns but something at that direction is. Finns have healthy ways of living and know how to live with the seasons, so they feel well and consequently they are often full of good will toward others and the world at large and cannot understand those who live in unwise ways and are malicious. When living according to the Finnish culture's wisdom of life Finns are not tense, stressed, agitated, destructively angry witout a good reason or negligient about the major matters of the world and the good of their own life, of others and of groups, both their own and of others.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Living with small money

 In Finland basic living costs more than in most countries. One needs an apartment with heating, healthy food and clothes (and shoes) fit to the season's weathers. If a Finn does not have a job or otherwise lacks money for these, the Finnish society pays them as cheap but ok versions. If one wants something more than the basic living, that is considered a motivation for work with a good wage.Of the unavoidable expenses home and food are the biggest ones, so if one manages to save money some part of those expenses, that is a big relief to one's economical situation.
The rent of an apartment is roughly determined by the number of rooms in it (the reason is the heating costs and the part of the house maintenance costs and snow ploughing costs). There should be as many rooms as there are people who live in the apartment, since that is the most pleasant way to live. And so that is what the society supports economically. A too big apartment takes your saving in a very short time, so if you need to save money, it would be important for you to immediately move to live in a small enough apartment in a nice area with the rent at the lower range, but not necessarily the cheapest since if you get tired with the apartment, you easily get other extra expenses. In choosing an apartment to live in it matters also what is the price level of the nearest food shop, which should be quite cheap or cheap.
 The maney that goes to food should be in setting goals lower than what you have the money for, so that you have more money in spare for other things if you happen to need. If you eat only the cheapest, that is too much always the same food and so something in your body may get broken and then it is very expensive when you have to corect the diet, rest and cure the illness while you propably cannot go a longer distance to the cheapest shop. So even if you would eat cheaply, you should eat according to the food circle advice on correct diet and in varied ways, so the nearest food shop should be widely cheap enough and not just in few products. Especially in the city center some shops may be very expensive, likewise small shops in small palces. Instead of eating only the cheapest one should buy variedly, healthily and according to likings, weather, straiun etc from the cheaper end, for example cheapest and the second cheapest and allow part of the products of middle price for you to have variation and room for likings. If you leave room for failures in your budget, for example a chocolate bar once a week but preferable a few time sa week something extra, then it is easier for you to stay in budget.
 Other almost unavoidable expenses like a phone, one ought to care for cheaply but taking care that there will not come extra costs because of the cheapness, for example from paying too late.
One can buy things cheaply from second hand. If one buys some part cheaply of what one needs, one has more likely money to buy something as new too. In this too it seem to apply that price level low enough, room for feelings, likings, one's values etc. but if something is too expensive or a part of a way of living that you don't have money for, don't buy it, or go to work...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Lots of foreigners in Finland

As a kid I was taught that in Finland almost all are thoroughly Finnish. But at least nowadays it does not seem to be so. There are amazingly many foreiners in Finland and amazingly few Finns. There are foreigners from all continents and the looks, character and faults of some typical types of Finns suggest that they were originally from some other continent. Many typical Finnish problems seem to be caused by a total lack of Finnish skills, like no skills in staying warm enough (and angry because of that), the Finnish type of society not familiar and no experience in going to school as a kid or in following thoughts and conversations as a way to guide practical life. But of course this may vary from place to place in Finland.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Outdoors in the winter time

"The Finnish winter is cold and bearing cold demands skill, even though after one has learned it it becomes an everyday routine.
The main things is that no part of the body frozes in the freezing cold. The most vulnerable to freezing are cheekbones (if you wear eyeglasses), the tip of your nose, the lowest parts of your ears, fingers and toes. If some part is in danger of freezing one must immediately warm it, typically with bare hands. One recognizes the danger from the part of body being numb. After warming the part one needs to remember to warm hands, for example bare hands against the warm skin of the throat or one's sides under the coat and sweater, and after that immediately put mittens on.
Warm indoors need to be always so close that you can get in at once when you neeed warming. And you need to be able to open the door, even if your fingers are very clumsy from cold. In cold fingers often go clumsy.
The main thing in bearing cold are warm clothes: a warm winter coat, which at least in the middle of winter is a bird feather coat, a sweater (a woolen shirt), long underwear trousers or thick cotton (not nylon, that is for autumn and spring) sockings, winter trousers, winter boots, (if you are long outdoors, warmth trousers), woolen or furry hat, thick Thinsulate mittens or warm leathery "mittens" plus a long woolen neck"scarf" to protect your face and throat.
It is essential to avoid windy places like large open spaces and long straight streets.
In the winter when you are outdoors you often get cold and always then you have to IMMEDIATELY go in to get warm for a long time. (You must not stay out if you are cold. If you need to, you have to go to the nearest house to warmth just inside the outdoor and ask for hot tea or the like to drink.)
When you come in, you have to take immediately away your outdoor clothes (that means coat, hat, mittens and shoes) so that warmth can affect without obstacles. - If you are a stranger asking for possibility to warm yourself, just open your coat once indoors and take of your mittens, hat and maybe the neckscarf. - Once home, wear immediately dry warm loose woolen socks, and if the apartment is cool, curl a blanket around your feet. In addition put immediately tea water to boil! Maybe go to toilet (you relax when you come in, so it makes sense to go there.) and wash hands with warm water. Drink hot tea and eat maybe warm food. You should not drink hot water because that lacks salts that your body needs and during the winter you need to drink lots of hot tea, juice, honey water, meat soup or the like. It is essential to warm thoroughly.
If you were really cold, you soon in warmth feel sleepy and maybe fall asleep for a half an hour (or two hours) under a warm blanket (check like outdoors that nowhere are air holes, even though that is not so iumprtant indoors). Then you have time to warm well and as you wake up you feel better. The changes in temperature need attention from the body, so it is good to rest if you feel sleepy in warmth. After waking up you are clumy like in the morning and with a balnket around yourself you walk around with a tea cup in hand, woolen socks ofcourse on feet! After some two hours starts normal life and you can go out again if you wish.
So cool is not dangerous if it does not last long, but very cold one outdoors slows down, changes to very clumsy and very stupid and so saving oneself from freezing to death can become impossible even if warm indoors are there right by one's side, and those left so in the cold die quickly. But that is dangerous if you don't warm yourself well right after getting cold. If you catch a cold, some two days in warmth only typically cures you. If you get a flu you maybe need to spend most of the time indoors for some two weeks but recover fully. In the winter time too it is important to eat fruits and vegetables. Also daylight time is important to enjoy getting as much light as possible.
Outdoors a suitable state of mind and way of doing is sporty and active (not hinking but for warming's sake) and at the same time admiring the wintery beauty of the nature. Cold air is considered as something somewhat nasty: not relaxedly but somewhat refusing to be with it, so blood circulation or the evaporation of heat is less by the skin (even though skin must be warm!) and so the middle parts of your body don't get so cold. When it is really cold, avoid large movements which bring cold air close to the body and the clothes. Always remember taht in the winter time going the same distance against the wind takes tenfold time and is alot colder tahn going along the wind. Typically when it is freezing and windy, avoid being outdoors more than going to work or to shop by car. In a shelter from wind it is warmer tahn on a windy place.

About winter clothes
Winter clothes are used when it is below -1C so that the snow is no longet wet. Moist winter clothes do not warm, but snow in below zero temperatures is not wet (like snow at 0C is) and so it does not make clothes wet even if you would fall to a pile of snow or sit in snow.
Of winter clothes all are absolutely necessary. One wears them indoors just before going out and takes them away only after one has come in again.
Winter coat should be warm and in the middle of the winter a superwarm bird feather coat. It is closed with a zip that is protected from the wind by a fastened narrow strap like piece if cloth. Winter coat should not be tight like a tube, instead it should have some air inside it. The sleaves should be long so that they protect the wrists well. The coat should protect throat well without letting cold air inside from any holes there. The coat should have a quite loose hood that one can with a strong smallen so that it protects from the wind and preferably so that one has only a quite small space to see and breathe from. One cannot wash a bird feather winter coat, but snow is clean and the coat is worn only outdoors.
Furry gloves and Thinsulate-insulated mittens are warmer than ordinary mittens and gloves.
Winter shoes need to be warm and protect the ancles well from cold and from snow if one needs to step roadside. Snow melts to water and brings the cold. That is why best winter shoes are warm winter boots or woolen boots. Winter boots' bottom bears water but wooles shoes you cannot use indoors, in shops, busses or the city centre but they are good for children spending time outdoors in below -1C. Woolen socks inside winter boots bring warmth, likewise some room around the toes so that one can move one's toes to make the blood circulate in them and to so stay warm. So do not buy too small boots.
A thick woolen sweater brings lot of warmth and it is worn also indoors.
There are also thick woolen hats. A winter hat should protect all of one's ears so that ears' parts do not freeze in the cold. Ordinarily one uses a hat and has the hood ready for need of extra shelter from the wind or for a need of warmth.
Each season's clothes are sold only when they are used, or a little bit earlier. You know the right time to buy winter clothes from that you present clothes are turning too cool.
A fat person feels the weather maybe 20C warmer than a slim, and a rou´nd persons feels them almost hot I guess. "

In the winter outdoors if you get really cold you become clumsy and stiff. Then you know that it is high time to go indoors to get warm, to avoid frozen front sides of one's thights in the freezing cold. Clumsiness is often a sign of clothes being too thin: especially trousers, mittens or shoes.
After you have come in, you should get thoroughly warm also the cold parts of your body. That is why you need to take care that you are warmly dressed, for example curled inside a warm blanket with woolen socks on feet, and drink hot tea and eat something so that your body gets energy with which to create heat. Tea warms from the stomach and a warm blanket keeps the warmth near your body.
Slowly you relax and get a warm good feeling, unifying, when the surface of your body tingles unifying and curing the tiny cold damages like cold fingers like being drown in warm water. Keep yourself warmly dressed until you have a normal calm sovereign good mood and start to feel the need for something to do, and that's when you can say you have mostly recovered. Indoors and tea, food, blanket and woolen socks give warmth which feels like the same kind of taking care of your own needs as comfortable warm nice looking winter clothes of nice colours.

A quotation from the Finnish version of this blog, from it's Warming instructions:
"I guess that one who bears cold well, keeps one's hat at the outdoor so that a large part of the forehead is left bare, so that one so feels the cold and knows to be prepared for it, knows the situation already and is not going to ber careless, and after a momen one meter from the door the hat is already moved to be well in the head. I guess that someone who is skilled in bearing the freezing cold weinter weather slightly plays with his/her survival with the weather so that sometimes is the coat a little bit longer open and notices that it will be cold if I keep my coat like this, so one shuts it carefully and arranges one's clothes warmly: one notices the weather amnd the effects of the clothes, knows how to variate according to the situations, one has reserves left, one senses the atmoshphere of living wisely with the weather, one is familiar with the clothes and can with them compensate cooling very near home or during the pause of a skiing trip when it is good to ventilate sweaty air away from moistening the clothes (just a few seconds) so clothes stay dryer and so warmer."