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Time to break the law of Jante?

Obviously, the law of Jante is not a real law – it’s not established by any parliament!

The law of Jante is an imaginary law that the majority of the citizens in the Nordic countries, especially Sweden, Norway and Denmark follow and the reason why so few people really gets anywhere in their life.

The law of Jante is a code of conduct that portrays doing things out of the ordinary, being overtly personally ambitious, or not conforming, as unworthy and inappropriate.

The law were first formulated in the form of the ten rules of Jante Law by the Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose, in his satirical novel A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks (En flyktning krysser sitt spor, 1933), but I think the attitudes themselves can be older.

The ten rules state:

  1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
  2. You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
  3. You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
  4. You’re not to imagine yourself better than we are.
  5. You’re not to think you know more than we do.
  6. You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
  7. You’re not to think you are good at anything.
  8. You’re not to laugh at us.
  9. You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
  10. You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

I have violated the law of Jante for many years. I do it all the time when I promote my music. According to the law of Jante, you must not believe that you are special. Why should you promote something if you don’t think it is special?

Now I have really broken the law when I have changed my entire website to English. According to the law of Jante, I would not have any website at all. Why do I write in English? Am I so stupid so I think people outside Sweden would be interested in what I do?

The law of Jante says you should not believe you are special and that you can not claim and show off your positive abilities. The law of Jante does not say that someone else is not allowed to show off and highlight your positive abilities. According to the law of Jante, it is quite ok to promote an artist if it is not the artist himself who promotes!

The problem here is this:
If I don’t promote my work. How can anyone else then see my work, get some kind of interest and start to promote it?

I’m not going to following the law of Jante anymore. I have spent almost 42 years in a life where Jante has ruled, now it’s time for me to make a real effort to go beyond Jante’s rules.

The only thing that could adversely affect me is jealousy and fear from people around me…

Why some of my blog posts is written in Swedish (Information for my foreign visitors)

I am born, raised and living in Sweden and Swedish is my native language.

I have written many blog posts in Swedish but in early October 2018 I decided to change the language on the information part of the site to English. Mainly because of the pre-launch of my music project #renew2019 that will launch in january and run during 2019.

I will not translate all old blog posts into English

It’s over 700 posts so it would take a very long time. I will post all updates about #renew2019 in English and I have Google Translate installed on the site so you can read my blog posts in Swedish translated to the language you prefer. You can find the Google Translate plugin at the top of the menu on the right!

Do you have any questions or need help using the translation feature, please feel free to post a comment to this post or contact me!

Läsa siffror är också ett jobb – Johan filosoferar om livet – 180811

Idag kör jag bilbingo på Västra Gästrike Flygklubb och har bestämt mig för att den här serien ska bli bättre!

Bakgrundsmusik:
Joakim Karud – Dreams
https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud/dreams-1

Joakim Karud – Say Good Night
https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud/say-good-night

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”Johan filosoferar om livet” är min min dagliga minivlogg där jag pratar om vad som händer i mitt liv och ibland om aktuella händelser!
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Sälja bildekaler på nätet??? – På väg mot jobbet – Johan filosoferar om livet… – 180808

Ny serie på min YouTubekanal, ”På väg mot jobbet – Johan filosoferar om livet”.

En minivlogg där jag pratar lite om vad som händer varje morgon när jag sitter på bussen, tåget eller i bilen på väg mot jobbet! Den kommer att bli filmad och redigerad så enkelt som möjligt, i den här serien är det viktigaste att jag får ut en video varje dag. Den ska gärna vara uppladdad till YouTube före jag är framme på jobbet!

 

Inte bara ett spel – En liten film om bilbingo

Nu har jag startat inspelningen av en dokumentärfilm om bilbingo, nånting som jag har jobbat med varje sommar de senaste 10 åren.

Bilbingo är ett typiskt landsbygdsfenomen. Jag vet inte en storstad där man har bilbingo men jag vet många små samhällen ute på landet där man spelar bilbingo vid 10 – 15 tillfällen per sommar.

I min film vill jag ha med vad bilbingospelarna tycker och varför man väljer bilbingo som ett intresse. Inför nästa vecka kommer jag att leta fram 4 spelare som jag kan intervjua till filmen. Vill du vara med eller vet du någon annan som vill vara med så får ni gärna kontakta mig!