@layerofrock Giving up liberty to gain a little security. That’s the very definition of a slippery slope, in my book.
@Littlun007 We’ve got that joke here too. I think it’s pretty funny. :) The topic otoh, not so much.
@subirsay That’s interesting. I don’t quite agree but I believe that I see your point. The possibilities of the web makes it more important?
@Mustard_Seed1 It’s dagensseglora.se. It’s pretty small, and so we’re resting for the summer. But everything is available to read ofc.
So, those’re replies from Austria, Netherlands (great country btw! :) and the US. I’m starting to see a trend here.
@subirsay It’s so sad to see. I’m under the impression that ppl don’t think that the online world is as real as the analogue world.
Here’s a shoutout to y’all. Do you think that society where you live takes hate and threats online seriously? Or is it just here in Sweden?
Night be going out on a limb here, but from what I’ve read the same holds true for many other countries. Online threats aren’t taken srsly?
Sweden today:Actual death threats are becoming comme-il-faut for politically active ppl. But literature and songs on death are frowned upon.
@mthld Hear, hear. And not to mention the ”fine arts”. I have yet to see an opera where the strong female character lives until the end.
When the book was adapted for the theatre, some actresses actually received death threats. For performing a play! So much for equality…
Sure, some ppl took it literally (the book advocates killing men) and thought it should be banned and whatnot. That added to the satire.
I read this great book once, called the SCUM manifesto. It inverted patriarchy and treated men the way history has treated women. Good read.
Patriarchy is all over the place in Sweden. If we’re in the top spot for gender equality, oh boy does humanity have some homework to do.
@partynovels All the good ones at least. :)
@partynovels Yup, he’s a handsome devil. He’s got that going for him at least. But he’s basically a cat food propelled pillow.
Cat shelters are awesome.
This is Benji. He’s a shelter cat, has chronic ear issues, can’t really jump… and he snores. We’re a perfect match. http://t.co/bMT80pLsLJ
@afshimono Yep, it’s mostly other Christians who give me a hard time about my beliefs, not atheists.
@slysteph That we sure do! But there’s still a long ways to go towards including minorities of orientation and identity.
@Capesgo Well give me a less open-ended question and you’ll be more entitled to be picky about your answer. ;)
@Capesgo Sweden has been harshly criticized for many decisions on expulsion, and rightly so, I believe.
@Capesgo I didn’t become Sweden curator for my timid views ;)
@inpoco That’s a good point, and one made in Nuremberg too. There’s a certain common human responsibility to reflect on one’s actions.
@Capesgo Hear, hear! Migration laws across Europe are inhumane and rest on a foundation of latent racist oppression.
@Montverte I don’t separate people into thinkers and believers. But in a discussion you need better arguments than ”the bible says so”. :)
@inpoco … And, sometimes, we have avoided getting involved when we should have clearly stepped in. Like in Nazi Germany.
@psychicteeth Sure they should be kept separate. A secular state, but an open society.
My take is the opposite: If you have a conviction, there’s no way you’re going to manage to keep it to yourself. Better be open with it.
For some reason, people believe that you can’t, as a Christian, have a view on politics too. That these spheres should be kept separate.
More often than not, the judgment comes from other Christians, not atheists, judging what is really ”Christian” and not.
Some people wonder, what’s it like being a Christian in atheist Sweden? I say, it’s great! Sure, sometimes you’re viewed as a little exotic.
@Capesgo Sure is! In fact, politics is a favorite subject of mine. Anything in particular that piqued your interest?
@SheepOfJesus The only bombing I approve of, besides love bombing.
@ChristaVdK That’s… uh, geez, you’re making fun of me… right? :)
@davidduffcomedy I’m getting a feeling that you’re luring me into a trap here, mate… :)
@xaviervia It’s a nifty concept, agreed. And a brave one, at that.
@afshimono Yep, we do tend to use money for many strange and sometimes less than stellar purposes. :)
@RaniBeaton That I will! But first a nice, cool shower. I’m dying here from the heat. No really, I can feel my life force draining.
@HeyShahRukh I am definitely going to return on that subject this week! I’ll try too remember to tag you then. :)
@Capesgo Nice one, I’ll definitely bring that up during this week.
@afshimono Yup, we’re pretty secular for sure. Even us religious folks tend heavily toward secularism. And over-thinking. :)
Well, that was a first rant, more or less coherent. And I haven’t even had my coffee yet. This will be a fun week. :)
The big city gaze on small town life is, otoh, something I believe many Swedes are familiar with. You tend to apologize for your rural past.
It’s like when you come from a small town and are asked about your past. Oftenly, you take the big-city perspective. That’s power at work.
Then you start tweeting about oddities in Sweden and think that you’re repping something unique and odd. I don’t think that’s true.
It’s easy to exotize yourself in the eyes of others. That’s what happens when you borrow someone else’s gaze. You yourself become curious.
When I was asked to curate @sweden my first thought was, ”how should I present Sweden to people? What’d be interesting to them?”
@RobertPresto Hey Robert. I have Klippel-Feil syndrome (google is your friend :), meaning I have several variations in abilities.
I’m editor-in-chief for a small but feisty Christian newspaper, writing about feminism, anti-racism and power in a rapidly changing Sweden.
Hello world, I’ll be @Sweden this week! There will be ranting and curiosities, definitely musings on functionality and nationality.