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:


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.)

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: http://Finnishskills.blogspot.fi

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.

Following the Swedish culture does not bring the good sides of following Finnish culture. So even if you have decided to follow Swedish culture, using even with quite little skills the Finnish skills and trying to follow Finnish culture brings lots of good sides, is very well worth the trouble. And much more if you really have Finnish skills and really follow the Finnish culture.

Finns often value Finnish culture and Finnish climate as the best in the whole world. There are no exceptions to this in valuing for example USA more. But some of course would like to travel and choose some other country to live in, mostly USA. Finnish culture is valued also abroad, so it is easy for Finns to travel and move to live in other countries. (But Swedish pseakig Finns would maybe prefer living in Sweden, since they follow Swedish tv etc. )

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.