Norway Trip November 2017.


There has been a lot of bad news these last years coming from Norway as members of the oldest generation have left us one by one. Illness has taken its toll on many as well. So it was with a heavy heart that I left for Norway this time around since the occasion was a funeral. I didn’t really feel like taking any pictures and felt very strongly that the ceremony was for us only, and not for social media or my blog for that matter.

With me I had my mother who thankfully travelled with me. We always have such a good time when doing things together, and this trip was no exception, despite the circumstances. It was great to have her there next to me as we said our last goodbyes to a grandparent that meant a lot to me.

Funerals are really tough and I felt extremely silly as I was standing there crying for all to see, even though I was trying my best to hide it. Not that I succeeded.

The highlight of the journey was the fact that we got to say hello to plenty of people that we normally don’t see. It felt really ย good to come back home again to England though, I have to say. There isn’t a lot of respect in Norway, generally speaking, towards musicians and artists regardless of how good you are, even receiving airtime on TV doesn’t shield you from intrusive questions and well-meaning ill-placed advice.

Each time I return home to England from abroad I love it more and more, probably because it now feels so familiar after many years living here, combined with good memories from my music, not to forget the fact that our abode looks amazing.

As I’ve written before it has been so good for the family that my mother remarried, it felt so right to come home and hug my lovely siblings. Family is really important, and whenever a dear one leaves us we get a reminder of the greatest of unions: souls that connect.



A rare photo of these two together. My dad was funny enough wearing one of my t-shirsts ๐Ÿ˜€ ha-ha


Me when I lived in Florida and looked good. The one of my face is from when I was all punk-goth.


Norwegian kids!


I love you kitty, come here and be with me, even if you don’t want to.


A cat is a girl’s best friend.


A typical Norwegian residence for typical Norwegian people. You know … those who traditionally come from Norway and a Norwegian lineage……


Here we go again…..


Lots of books left to me from my grandfather. He had all the classics.


Xenophobe’s Guide To The Norwegians.


When you pick up a racist book perpetuating bigoted stereotypes, and almost all of it fits, even though you’ve been raised abroad and subjected to foreign social conditioning! This is a disturbingly good piece of Norwegiphobic literature. Read it if you can.

Bergen Trip, March 2017.


I just came back after some very interesting days in my hometown. Once again I’m part of a very different project which I cannot wait to share with you guys!

Bellow are some behind the scenes pics! I’m very glad that my mom could travel with me, it’s good to have your manager with you \m/


Do you see what I see?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #almost ๐Ÿ˜›



My pretty view!


These guys were really noisy! I want one!!!!



yeeeeeew……this is what we are doing to the planet people!



Can you find Pepe?



The North!



Sea Lion Show!



Snakes like to hide away… this is how cool it is when they are put on display ๐Ÿ˜›


An ideal vivarium!




Beetles & Spiders usually hide too….


Love this guy! I wonder if it is boring to hang around inside such a small tank :/




Only Norwegians who are tourists in their own homeland care about the aquarium…



Mom working.




Yes I ate Tartar and it was yummy!


Love this! We need more viking statues!!!!



All you need + gluten free bread ๐Ÿ˜›

How To Be Evil In 2017.


A little while ago I came across a “scandal” that was creating quite a buzz over in Norway. The online frenzy had been caused by ย a commercial, launched by a Norwegian weapon manufacturer. The company in question had teamed up with the national ski jumping ย team creating a poster depicting the athletes with a Norwegian flag waving in the wind.

This created a social media “backlash” since the “national romantic” picture could resemble “Nazi” propaganda according to critics. A representative for the company even bothered to officially apologise claiming that they only saw “proud ski jumpers & the Norwegian flag” but that they would never use such an ad again….(here is the story)

Yes…you read that right…I’m guessing that one of the reasons for the backlash was the fact that all of the athletes were white. You see an all-ethnic-Norwegian line-up, looking towards the sky, with the “evil” flag in the background. This of course looks nationalistic and has to be suppressed. I’m willing to bet that the ad would have been welcomed with open arms if the girl in the front was wearing a hijab. But alas, only Norwegians are in this picture featuring representatives of Norwegian sportsmanship ย so of course this is offensive………..

Everyone knows that a national team is only good if the majority are immigrants so that they don’t really represent how an ethnicity/nation would actually perform internationally…. A good team, just like the military has to reflect what is politically correct, so I have to say that I’m amazed at the fact that a quota hasn’t been forced upon the ski jumping team as the absence of such measures must surely be racist….

I’ve previously mentioned “national romanticism” in my “Identity”ย entry, as this movement was very important to Norwegian culture as we had just gained our independence from Sweden. This movement emphasised and celebrated everything Norwegian, as we took our power back.

Now though, regardless of its contribution, the mainstream do everything in their power to destroy it, in a desperate attempt to create the “new Norway” where being Norwegian is not an ethnicity anymore and where the Norwegian flag only counts if an imam is waving it…if a blond Norwegian waves it I bet it would be very “nazi-ish.”

There was a debate raging some years ago about whether or not it was wrong that Norwegians were waiving Norwegian flags on Norway’s Constitution/National Day as this was offensive to outspoken Muslims.

Yes I repeat…it was offensive to wave only Norwegian flags on Norway’s National Day.

Norway is only Norway if anything or anyone can be Norwegian….including the flag.

So a Chinese dish is as everyone knows very Norwegian, a mosque is totally viking, a turban wearing Sikh is the epitome of Norwegianness, in fact everyone knows that it is very “Nazi-ish” to be white and live in Norway or any other Scandinavian country…

Openness is the new shared European value, which means that there really is no culture anywhere at all, as anything goes. The only cultural identity is no identity at all or actual cultural appropriation.

In this spirit Sweden has apparently spent or is going to spend ย  1,5 million Swedish Kroners of taxpayers money to build a camel centre… everyone knows camels are very Scandinavian, so of course it makes sense that you would go to Sweden to pet them. Muslims are for some strange reason feeling insulted as the initiative is meant for them!ย I have truly no idea as to why they would feel that a camel zoo in Sweden is ridiculous…(when I first heard of this I thought it was a joke…a part of me still want to believe that…)

This ties in with some other articlesย  I came across where a certain Eastern-European leader is described as disgusting. Why is he disgusting? Because he is an actual nationalist…and everyone knows that the number one way to make enemies in the current year is to be European, proud of your country and waving your flag while singing your national anthem…..



While spending way too many days in bed due to illness I completed all the seasons of the popular tv-show “Vikings.” I must say that I find it very awkward that a show depicting “self-preservation” and “protectionism” of ones territory and culture actually has been aired. I find it equally astonishing that it has proven to be such a commercial success in the current cultural climate. The Frankish princess who proclaims her love for Paris must surely be a racist, right? Why aren’t the English or the Franks keen on a tribe of barbarians looting their fortunes, raping their women and stealing their land? These people must surely be fascist for protecting “their” territory. Yet tv-shows that depict protectionism, patriotism and honour prove successful which can only mean that we are suffering from a collective mass nostalgia.

Why on earth is the Stark family so popular in a cultural environment where Stark’s obsession with “the” North, “their” North, “their tribe”, would land them in the category of racists, bigoted, low quality rednecks? Yet a real culture of “little fingers” and “Lokis” place Lord Stark on a pedestal in an absence of “real” Lord Starks. The character portrayed by Sean Bean symbolises the sort of role-models people actually want. The audience cheers for a comeback of the Stark children in Winterfell; taking back “their” territory and re-asserting the influence and authority of “their tribe.” People yearn for blood dripping revenge on behalf of wronged characters. And all this unfolds in a social climate where you would expect “politically correct” entertainment to thrive.

In addition I see an overall increase in articles questioning cultural masochism and the bizarreness of cultural self loathing in my social media news feeds. I honestly cannot believe that this topic is now becoming mainstream in my country of origin: Norway. Even individuals of immigrant backgrounds are now officially asking themselves what on earth is up with “western self hate” and I don’t blame them. I’m wondering about this too.

When I was a kid I grew up with parents and visited grandparents that were, and still are, very proud of their country. My grandmother would take me for walks up to the old fortress in Halden and speak about Norway’s triumph over Sweden, how we got our independence and how wonderful this was for “our people.” My grandfather would talk about the monstrous Nazis, whom parents and grandparents alike hated as they had the nerve to “come here and tell us how to live our lives.” Tales of the horrors of war, treachery and stories of bravery. Those brave “countrymen” that spat in the face of the idea of some outsiders dictating how Norwegians ought to live. There were no doubts in my parents or grandparents when it came to “what it meant to be Norwegian.” It was quite obvious for many generations, that being Norwegian meant that you were part of an ethnic group, that you were born in a cold and harsh land, that you were born with “skis on your legs”, that there was “no such thing such as bad weather only bad clothes” and that you would grow up listening to gory “folk” tales about trolls. There were no doubts that certain dishes were Norwegian or “typical” Norwegian, that certain songs were Norwegian, that Norwegians for generations celebrated Christmas and that the arrival of Christianity in Scandinavia wasn’t such a bad thing after all. In fact Viking history was preserved by a Christian viking and the Norwegian “Stav” churches is almost all that remain from an ancient culture whose buildings have largely vanished.

Today our cultural heritage is being kept alive by foreign pop-culture. Viking references are rife in everything from Disney productions, to Netflix’s “How To Train Your Dragon” series, to any high budget fantasy epic for grown ups. You see it in the gaming world, you even see Norwegian knitting patterns in the fashion world. Odin lives on. The Vikings are more pop than ever. Yet the only people who don’t really keep the “folklore” alive are “mainstream” modern-day Norsemen and women, who hide in eternal shame from a “non-culture” that apparently never really was or never really deserved to be. For spiritual enlightenment people don’t look to the “old Gods” or “the new”, rather they look to other distant cultures that have nothing to do with our heritage. Young people wish that they were Americans, that they had the “urban gangsta rap” culture, so they adopt this and present their own version of it walking around ignorant of what they truly align themselves with. People who feel a divine connection turn to Islam, as Islam actually has credibility in an increasingly “liberated” Christian church,that quite frankly shoot themselves in the foot with their liberalism. The more pandering they do and the more desperate they get, the more they suffer.

A recent competition in a Norwegian mainstream newspaper, targeted towards young people, asked: “what does it mean to be Norwegian in 2016?” The top entry was from a Vietnamese person who referred to actual Norwegians as “indigenous”, the other entry a glorification of the destruction of the “traditional Norwegian” ideal. An attack on Norwegian “national romanticism”, a movement that flourished after Norway gained independence from Sweden, a movement meant to cherish Norwegian independence, identity, culture and heritage.

This overall attitude fits well with an interview I recently came across. A new Norwegian composer spoke warmly of traditional Norwegian folk-tones becoming increasingly popular but stressed how the inspiration was not attributed to nationalism, but rather the beauty of the melodies. It was of course very important to reassure people of the death of Norwegian patriotism.ย 

The defeat of Nazism eventually gave birth to a strange culture of “historical” “self-hate” and “self-loathing” put into system, even within countries that were actual victims of Nazism. It is a very awkward and strange transformation that has happened in a relatively short amount of time. A reason for cultural “degeneracy” according to the Romans as quoted by a roman historian I recently saw on YouTube, is that older generations fail to install certain morals within the younger generation.

The ideal that presides in our modern era is the idea of children “raising themselves”, walking home from school alone with a key around their neck, with both mom and dad out of the house. Who are the people who influence the majority of a Norwegian child’s average day? Entertainment without parent control and employees from state funded institutions who follow government approved ways of teaching and thinking. The education system is entirely lost to the “cultural marxists” who handle your children from their infancy all the way into early adulthood. These are the people who technically raise your children and mould their brains along with mainstream entertainment. The result? In Norway there are teachers that are afraid of their students. Students have no respect for their elders, attacking and bullying those that are meant to be their mentors. In the UK there has been an alarming increaseย in violence towards parents from their children.ยย So not only are children ignorant of who they are and where they come from, they become increasingly violent towards those that are supposed to teach them morals and respect for rules. Legitimate authority is now constantly confused with oppression.

Another result of our “new-think”; is that historically incompatible cultures have beenย invited into ย Norwegian/Scandinavian/European territories with the deliberate intent of gradually changing the culture. People in our part of the world were told that the planet suffered ย from “over-population” and that it somehow was the duty of Scandinavians and/or Europeans to put an end to this. In addition a culture was promoted where a woman in the home was no woman at all. A happy woman would be a financially independent woman focusing on her career. A woman would be happy to not have too many children and to leave her baby in the care of state funded institutions.ย ย Yet now the very same people who promoted these ideals are telling us that due to “low-birthrates” we are “forced” to import people from theoretically incompatible cultures in order to keep “the system” working, so over-population was clearly never “our” issue. The people who arrive into our territories are not told that they should assimilate. This is not encouraged as it would come across as racist and bigoted. In Norway for example it is expected that people should integrate, but we ought to ask ourselves what we want them to integrate into? There only seems to be support for the muslim woman in the liberal camp if conservatives criticize religious garments, God forbid that the muslim woman desires to be a home maker. The muslim woman is acceptable to the Norwegian mainstream culture if she gets out in the work place and rids herself of her offspring into state funded day care. What you ought to be integrating into is Marxism apparently. Is that really a recipe for happiness? As critical as I am of the potential instability of multiculturalism I’m not a supporter of undermining family values. Maybe we can learn from past mistakes and take a tip or two from our immigrants.

There is strength in diversity we are told, or broadly speaking any diversity except our own. Yet I start to wonder whether this diversity is heartfelt or whether it is limited to exotic food and traditional dress when I see the common Norwegian anger from socialist women who strongly oppose government funding intended to improve lives of new-baked mothers. Mothers of B-A-B-I-E-S. For some strange reason it is assumed that this government initiative, even though it is not earmarked for muslims, will results in muslim mothers staying at home with their babies longer. Muslim women have to be forced into the workplace apparently, as they are only “liberated” once they leave the home. Their children have to be forced into the “system” at one years old, just like all other good Norwegians, who are raised by the State. The angry comments about this specific type of government spending go like this: women who don’t wanna do anything and are free loaders shouldn’t get money from the government. I’m just quoting a GUY who responded negatively to my comment underneath the news article announcing the news… Yet nobody seems particularly baffled when it comes to spending money on refugees centers, vanity projects abroad etc; The Norwegian Christian Party are literally trying to promote some family values and I fail to see what the controversy is??? ย There was an online poll as well on the website which I took part in, I was part of the 20% supporting the benefit scheme, 50% said no. In my opinion this displays the overall lack of respect towards motherhood regardless of ethnicity. A culture where the general population consider parenting babies as “no work” and “loitering” is not a culture where starting a nuclear family will be easy. You will most likely find yourself in an unserious relationship with a low-quality, “mother-hating” truly misogynist, responsibility-averse guy, who will lose interest once you become pregnant, or hate you if you stay at home with the baby for too long and probably leave you if you wish to be a full-time mom with several children. It is my belief that a call-girl would probably gain more respect in the current cultural climate, as a stripper or a prostitute at least bring in some revenue. With the type of culture that is unfolding in Scandinavia, coupled with low birthrates, there is no doubt in my mind that the Christian party’s attempt at promoting “motherhood” as viable, is a good thing.

Anyway…back to this issue of identity… what inevitably happens when a minority gradually expands within a territory that is new to them, is that new nations create themselves within already settled territories. This solidifies a foundation upon which countless conflicts can emerge, as various ethnic groups starts competing over political influence and access to resources.

It doesn’t even have to be radical ethnic or religious differences when you look at Norwegians in Spain. Now Norwegians are obviously not gonna be suicide bombers and will undoubtedly never wage a holy war against the Spaniards, but nevertheless they behave in an embarrassing and unacceptable fashion. What is the point of going to Spain if you only want to eat Norwegian food, watch Norwegian tv-shows, send your kids to Norwegian schools and rent out your property to “Norwegians Only? ”

As an international Norwegian who have lived the majority of my life as an immigrant I condemn such behaviour, as we always integrated well when we moved around. We would attend local schools for a start which is a major cornerstone when it comes to integrating into new cultures. Yes – if you are part of an expat community you can theoretically live in different places while never learning the local language. By sending off your children to international schools and living in expat communities you can potentially experience the different corners of the world without ever really learning anything. As an immigrant who always was an ethnic minority I tell you this. You are either an immigrant or you are not. If you do not intend to respect your country of residency, move back home or someplace else.

I am under the impression though, that the idea of a group taking over another is alright ideologically, even welcomed, as long as the “perpetrators” are being perceived as victims. In one scenario you have an aggressor that invades your country over night and subjugates you. On the other hand you have an ethnic or religious group invited into your country, who gradually rises to power and “outdo you.” ย New Europeans, who will use, and are already trying to use our democracy to promote a way of life that they deem “superior” is ok to the cultural marxists. The consequences though are the same. Out with the old, in with the new. Resistance is accepted and seen as right in the first example, resistance and criticism towards the last scenario will be met with staunch criticism.

Identity and the importance of identity, is something that the globalists have completely taken out of the equation. This is one reason as to why “cultural marxists” and “idealists” are so very dangerous. They refuse to accept natural laws as long as it disagrees with their political orthodoxy. This is because they have certain principles that guides them. Cornerstones to their agenda.

My grandmother would always tell me before I left Norway as a child: “husk at du er Norsk” which means: “remember that you are Norwegian.” My mother would order Norwegian school books and regular books so that we could read Norwegian at home, we always spoke Norwegian within the house and grew up with an awareness regarding Norwegian cultural heritage that got lost on a lot of our peers who actually grew up in Norway. We celebrated 17th of May within our four walls or in our private garden and mixed Norwegian traditions with local traditions which we picked up as we moved around.

Years later I realised the importance of theseย efforts when we moved to the USA.

I thought that I moved to the United States Of America…. I knew about America’s history of slavery and segregation of course, all Europeans know about the civil rights movement. I felt sorry for the oppressed Afro-Americans that according to Al Sharpton are eternally wronged. I thought that there was only one people living in the modern-day version of the US regardless of race or ethnicity, namely: Americans.ย Yet I was very surprised at what I found when I moved to Chicago.

The majority of Americans that I encountered during my high school years in the States, did not refer to themselves as Americans. They proclaimed that they were from Sweden, from Italy, from Germany, ย from God knows where. Being Norwegian and a European I would of course speak Italian to the Italians, Norwegian to the Swedish, broken French to the French, only to be encountered with:

” no, I don’t speak the language”

which would make me go: “oh, but you are Italian right?”

” yes, yes, yes, I’m Italian my great, great, great, great, great, whatever, grandparents came from there”…

I would go…” ehhh….ok…” while thinking to myself….this is an American who doesn’t realise that he/she/it is an American…..

The saga continued of confused young Americans that apparently weren’t really Americans, with the exception of a few. They came from Asia, Africa, Latin America, from all sorts of exotic places, yet they had never been to any of these locations that they claimed to come from, had not been born there and couldn’t speak a word of their assumed mother-language.

These people looked at me like I was some sort of an alien when they realised that I was born in Norway, could speak Norwegian and most shocking of all ” was not something else in addition.” The fact that I was Norwegian-Norwegian was apparently “wow.”

I just imagined the voice of Sir. Attenborough: ” …and here we have a member of the elusive Scandinavian species, a Norwegian. In its natural habitat, this pale white nordic ape….”

Then…. I noticed to my amazement how the Americans (that weren’t really Americans according to themselves) would voluntarily segregate into neighbourhoods mimicking where their ancestors originally came from or gravitate towards neighbourhoods with a racial demographic correlating to their own ethnicity….

In addition to all this I also realised to my great shock that Latinos and Whites were being mugged and attacked en masse in the school area by Afro-American groups. I witnessed myself how an Afro-American group ย vandalised a fancy boutique sign in the school area as a “fuck you privileged whities” measure. I over heard high school boys wondering if the time had come for them to start a gang of their own to protect themselves from Afro-American attacks and commence a retaliation. I was stunned. This was not the America I thought that I would encounter. This was not the America portrayed in Europe. The Afro-American community really surprised me in many ways, ย there was rampant, mostly unjustified, unprovoked paranoia when it came to the “whities.” Black-mailing was an offensive, racist word as “mailing” became bad due to the addition of “black.” White people tanned because they were envious of black people and secretly wanted their complexion. “Cultural appropriation” happened because that was what whities did, hijacking and stealing African ideas. The Afro-American population were apparently descendants of the Egyptians, enslaved by the white man, envious of their superiority. Disagree with any of this and you are per definition a racist fuck. I was stunned at the attitudes I encountered when confronted with ghetto kids from Cabrini Green. Of course these attitudes are not representatives of all Afro-Americans, but there are enough that actually believe these myths. When my brother attended a school on South-Side Chicago as the only caucasian in his class, he even had to learn “The Black American National Anthem.” A suggestion from our family that there ought to be onlyย one National Anthem in America, uniting ALLย Americans, was met with accusations of racism.

Driving through the proper rough South-Side was shocking and depressing. You literally have enclaves in the US just as in Europe that could best be described as “third world”, pretty much every evening you could hear gun shots from the surrounding areas of where we lived in Hyde Park. Official statics were genuinely fixed to hide the staggering numbers of deaths in the Afro-American part of town, but these deaths were for the most part gang-related….You see…Afro-American and Latino gangs run the urban streets of America. Afro-Americans shooting other Afro-Americans in a city with uber strict gun-control, mind you, was what I heard of and what I was afraid of getting in the middle of as I was walking around the South-Side of Chicago. Did I ever really see any white people?….hmm…I saw some white cops patrolling, one of the worst high schools in the city….but the crimes I heard of were black on black crimes or Afro-American youths attacking “whities” in affluent “white areas” as “projects” and up-scale town houses, stood and probably still stand, side by side.

I was a friendly Scandinavian, but often I would be met with total indifference from a race that was not even interested in making my acquaintance as ” I was one of them, one of those people.”

So much for being a politically correct, socially liberal Scandinavian.

I realised rather quickly that there was no such thing as The United States Of America but that there existed something called The Divided Tribes of America. I also came under the impression that a lot of young Americans suffered from a severe identity crisis and that the same fate had to be avoided at all costs in Europe. I thought to myself: “If ย Europeans don’t know where they come from either, what sort of a western world will we have?”

I was never as aware of my ethnicity as when I lived in the multi-cultural urban inner-city reality of America. This taught me the importance of belonging and identity.

When afro-Americans on south side Chicago walk around in African outfits and turbans while third generation muslims in Europe wear the most conservative of muslim religious garments; it proves how important cultural identity and pride in ancestry truly is.

When young westernised muslims made the decision to fight for ISIS, I don’t think they were in need of any psychiatric help. They were paying tribute to a glorified, fantasy of Islam’s past and former “glory.” Maybe they were in the middle of an identity crisis…. Something that in my opinion becomes un-avoidable unless first generation immigrants completely assimilate. Then again who would be willing to do truly that? Will you forsake your country of origin a 100%, forget your ancestors and their pride and their history? Do you even know what you are integrating into? And where would your loyalty be in a moment of potential conflict involving your country of residency and your country of origin?

The failure to recognise the genuine importance of identity is the greatest flaw of globalist idealists and cultural marxists and therein lays the failure of their utopian project. Self hate and cultural loathing can gradually break down your national and ethnic identity, but this will only open your culture up for replacement and attack by others with a stronger cultural identity. These people who are “culturally stronger” become superior due to a strength that has its basis in their commitment and conviction of their strength. They will take over your land and culturally convert you in the process or eliminate you, establishing their identity as the new order. The past of your nation and your genuine heritage will be either destroyed or swallowed up into the new.

We need our identity.






Last month I had yet another amazing TV-experience in my home country ๐Ÿ™‚ This time I was performing some rock’n’roll, check out the awesome footage below ๐Ÿ™‚ย โ†“

Here Are Some Pics From My Norway Trip โ†“ย โ†“







Thanks a lot to Laney for the awesome amp!!!ย 



Behind The Scenes!



A girl’s dream โค All that make-up!



Men are very happy if they can wear make-up.


When You’ve Done Well ๐Ÿ˜‰



How to throw away guitar strings ๐Ÿ˜‰

Being a Tourist in my own Homeland…ย โ†“



Appropriate Adult Activity….


And here are some pics from the month that was….goodbye October….enter…November


When the author that inspired your song, re-tweets you ๐Ÿ˜€ I couldn’t believe my eyes!


When someone gets what you are all about ๐Ÿ˜‰


When you run into a hedgehog and want to kidnap it โค โค


When you run into a couple of runaways and you try to herd them back….


When this guy digs your music…..


When you try to capture the moon….for the 100th time…


There is a season for everything….


A typical Cotswolds street….



When you love nature…






When you find this in your garden… wtf???


When you let your salad grow….


When you nurse your roses back to life โค



When you know better…..and order anything that has not been cooked by the people at the hotel…..yes…sneaking around in the English capital once again…I hope I can reveal my secret soon!!!!!!


When your favourite tv-show mentions you in a comment!!!!


When you look like a f%$ยฃ@!* rockstar and have the time of your life \m/ย 

Continental Philosophy – A Graphic Guide.


So last week, when I had my guitar holiday, I had plenty of time to read through various material and even better, 4 books. Reading proper books is something we should all do more of, myself included. I decided to finish reading “Continental Philosophy – A Graphic Guide” by Christopher Kul-Want & Piero.

It was an interesting read, with many intriguing ideas being mentioned briefly. A proper pop-science book, tailor-made for the masses I would assume.

The impression that I was left with is that Continental Philosophy has been allowed way too much influence in modern Europe. The idea of grammar being an eternal evil that forces human beings into perpetual slavery, is quite something.

Jul-Want’s book describes ย Continental Philosophy’s end goal as breaking down the pillars that holds society together in order for human beings to finally attain freedom, regardless of the consequences. ย The truth though is that we are all born into specific “matrixes” where you have to submit to certain rules of conduct in order to be “operative” within that specific system. Reject these “laws” and you have the most isolated of men, completely cut off from their fellow humans, due to a complete inability to function within the “system”.

You can think about Snapchat for example, how it allows us to communicate through pictures and facial expressions, well, we are taught that various facial expressions have certain meanings, which means that this could also be seen as “enslavement”. Since we’ve been “programmed” from infancy to allocate specific meanings to such and such. Sign language also follow certain rules, so if ย you are to use any kind of communication, you need to use specific symbols, that have been allocated a specific meaning. In other words, there is no escape.

Jaques Lacan felt that “without some artificial system of symbolic order by which to organise “reality”, the individual would cease to exist” Slavoj Zizek also said ” Fictions structure our reality. If you take away from reality the symbolic fictions that regulate it, you lose reality itself”.

The idea on “breaking free from the chains” of standards created to uphold society and rules created to make interaction between the “players” within this system possible, can truly be observed in all its glory in Norway. Yes you read that right.

It doesn’t matter if you can spell right in my country of origin, putting an emphasis on correct language might “traumatized” little children, so not only have we abolished grades in elementary schools we are also trying our best to destroy the language. There has been a systematic move towards a school system, where you can write in your own dialect and where correct grammar isn’t really that important. This of course results in teachers who a) I have no idea what they are doing or b) teachers of a foreign background who cannot even talk Norwegian properly. This has of course also resulted in news articles and magazine editors being given the green light for ludicrous grammar use, sentence structures and words that don’t even exist. Printing and digitally publishing articles that could be more eloquently delivered by me – An international Norwegian ( I’ve lived the majority of my life abroad and only attended Norwegian schools during brief stays in my home country on 4 separate occasions).

The fact that I spot the sorry state of the Norwegian language, when it comes to articles and statements written by everyone from magazine editors, politicians, journalists and independent bloggers, really says it all.

This is the sort of culture you get if you are to “break free” from the shackles of grammar and sentence structure. Not that my grammar is perfect by any means, but it is a hell of a lot better than a lot of people who actually get paid to write, especially in my home country. I guess that the goal of Continental Philosophy is communication through grunts.

In Norway you are now also allowed by law, to define your own gender, as gender apparently is only a concept created by society. It is quite easy to know what you are, by…ehm..looking between your legs, unless you are a modern “liberal” or practise a philosophy of “breaking free” regardless of how “mongo” your society turns out.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the thinkers “sorted” under the Continental Philosophy umbrella are very interesting indeed. But as exciting as it can be to lose oneself in abstract discussion quotes such as these cannot possibly be set to proper use in terms of building or maintaining a social construct ” certain aspects of modern and postmodern art and literature reflects this view that knowledge is irreducible and lacks rules”.

I quite liked the quotes from/about Jaques Lacan , regarding his critique towards the 1968 movement ” you demand a new master, you will get it!”.

“Lacan sensed that underlying the students desire for change was a naive idea that freedom is to do as one pleases, thus elevating enjoyment to the level of an authoritarian imperative. In a similar critical vein, Slavoj Zizek has argued that the hedonistic tendencies of the generation of 1968 helped pave the way of the consumerist culture in the West of the late 20th century.”

I also took a liking to Sartre‘s ideas about freedom” The French people were never so free as when they were under Nazi occupation”. His reason for stating something that controversial, was that the French people were made acutely aware of the question of freedom while under occupation as said in the book ” For Sartre, freedom didn’t simply mean freedom of the will or freedom of action, as in the kind of freedom that a prisoner is deprived of. He meant freedom of conscience, the freedom to make decisions in whatever situation we find ourselves.” According to Sartre ” Man is condemned to be free”due to freedom of choice.

Albert Camus viewpoint that “life and existence are absurd” and that we “continually tell false stories to ourselves about ourselves” to function, fits well with modern books such as “You Are Not So Smart” and other current psychological articles.

The idea of whether or not we actually exist is also a good one, that took up a lot of my attention when I first read philosophy years ago.

Walter Benjamin appealed to me enormously when I read Kul-Want’s book and is a philosopher that I have to check out more closely. ” During the 1930s Benjamin compiled a massive dossier known as the “Arcades Project” recording the new inventions (photography, steel and glass arcades, gas lighting) and forms of consumption and the subjective experiences associated with modernity – of alienation, boredom and commodity fetishism – that developed during Napoleon III’s reign.”

“Benjamin asks whether there is specifically a revolutionary form of violence that does not re-institute the violence of the law?”.

” Benjamin claimed that through modern technological changes the narrative of humankind’s progress,far from achieving a utopian conclusion, results in eventual destruction”.

I found the short section about Theodor Adorno quite interesting as well ” For Adorno, the idea of happiness in art accommodates the status quo. Rather, he argued, the work of art should be oppositional, focusing the individual on the true inequalities and horrors of the world”. Walter Benjamin also believed that art could be used to shock people into action or be used as a source for people to live out destructive tendencies, without acting on them in the real world.

My conclusion? “Continental Philosophy” is an interesting read since the after shocks of its radical thinkers can be clearly felt today. The radicals of yesterday shaped the world into its current form of today. We are now feeling the repercussion of their bold philosophies and one can argue that it hasn’t exactly made us any stronger. Just like modern art was an attack on rules, it was equally an attack on everything beautiful and the idea that one should strive for mastery and perfection. Standards are mercilessly crushed and smashed into the ground by radical thinkers, as standards can be seen as the death of individualism and free thinking. The radicals laid dead the celebration of personal mastery as the ultimate goal, and equally laid dead its greatest victor – the individual who has exploited their personal potential to its fullest; rising above the standard. “In the absence of standards, emerges a degenerate edifice of social and cultural dysfunction” to quote my brother.