I haven’t posted anything these last couple of days because firstly my mother came to visit us from Norway and secondly because of the tragedies that have taken place in Norway. Last Wednesday we found out that two wonderful young men, only 19 and 20 years old, lost their lives in a boating accident. These young men, Ola and Frikk, were the sons of two couples that we once considered as great friends. When one has small children and very busy lives, friendships sometimes change over the years, as ours did. We still think very fondly of our friends but we just lost touch… Now after this tragic accident we think of them all the time, not quite being able to comprehend what they must be going through.
On Friday afternoon the Norwegian government was attacked and then two hours later, the massacre at Ut√łya. All these young lives just at the beginning of their adulthood, with their aspirations and expectations of what they would become and who they would be. All gone. Just memories left for their families, friends and others who loved and knew them to hold on to, while trying to fathom what has happened. How could one of our own countrymen do something so horrific? Is he insane or is it his beliefs that have distorted his sense of normality and decency? If a person is allowed to be so engulfed in his perception of what is the right thing to do, without anyone there to contradict and challenge him, it gets dangerous. I do not agree with the sitting Norwegian government and their immigration policies but we do live in a democracy and we have to challenge each other in public debates, whether it be in the newspapers, tv, radio, or other media. We must NOT take matters in our own hands and force our beliefs on others. We are so LUCKY to live in a country that allows us to have our own opinions and to air them freely.
The Norwegian people like to think of themselves as a peace loving nation and the way my countrymen have behaved and stood so closely together, around 250 000 people demonstrating peacefully at the Rosemarch in Oslo, has moved me deeply and made me VERY PROUD to be Norwegian. Actions like these gives us hope that the world can be a better place for our children and grandchildren.