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Published: November 4th 2019
Day 58, 22.05.19. Wednesday.
Finally I'm on the move again! It's been a challenging two months as I almost threw in the towel several times, but I've healed and grown a bit more wise and is generally happy as I've been meeting a lot of good people around this area, some old friends and classmates and new friends that gave me the motivation to continue my journey and pursue my quest.
Was driven by my newfound friend, the scrapper, to one of the largest towns in the vicinity, Kongsberg, at mid-day yesterday. He absolutely refused when I wanted to give him some monetary compensation for everything he'd given me. I tried at least, but he told me he would get cranky if I pushed the issue anymore. So I gave in and waved goodbye as he drove off, going to miss having the talks we had every other day as they were interesting and enlightening more than the majority of the time we spent together. I'm going to miss the girls at the diner as well and everyone else I met there. A young man that was working at Huldrekroa from time to time even gave me a big
hug and was crying a tiny bit when I told him I was about to leave for the Finnforest, I was a bit surprised by that. Had my stories really affected him that much? He had been more than eager to listen to my stories about nature and my philosophy about the world, sensitive guy for sure and always very nice and polite. I'm regretting not being able to take a group photo of everyone working there, but my memories of the people is what counts 😊
Spent the night at my friend the philosopher's place after we took a long walk and downed a beer in a park not far from Oslo centrum, while engaging in deep philosophy as we usually do when we meet, by the time we where home at his place it was starting to get dark. His wife and her friend was still engaged in conversations to catch up for the time they lost as they had been drifting apart for a while, her friend is apparently some kind of math-prodigy.
I usually don't find myself in situations where I feel like I'm stupid, it's very rare, but when my friend started talking
about his thesis regarding the developement of the nordic languages, I was speechless! Especially when the other girls dived in and was just as engaged as professional linguists, I felt like an ignorant child. You know when you were a child and overhear your parents talking in a matter that was waaaay too complex for you to understand, and you listened intensly to try to catch something that would make sense. And when you did and replied, it wasn't actually what you thought it was they where discussing. That was a moment of clarity and the feeling of punity for me. Clarity because I have been increasingly aware over the years that my knowledge is very limited and basic, not to mention plain wrong on many occations. Punity because I wasn't able to engage in the conversation at the same level as everyone else in the apartment, and I like being able to contribute to a conversation with my views and arguments. However this was uncharted territory and my amateur knowledge of linguistics barely made me follow anything they were discussing. That is, I have knowledge and a wide specter of it, I have at least 30 different interests, but
not a single one that I could define being at expert level. Though I have advanced and expert knowledge of a limited kind within a few hierarchies of competance, maybe it doesn't matter? I can't keep up with everything even if it is in my interest to do so, so I filter out what I believe is of no use for the future.
At the end of the conversation, and me being awkwardly silent, trying to make sense of what the others were talking about, I finally got something right and was able to contribute in a vanishingly small degree to the discussion. But I was happy about that, even though the others probably were thinking; "noob-alert!" My friend always impresses me in some way, I often get the feeling that I've been more underestimating of his intelligence and knowledge than I should have. I guess that's normal as we as humans are intrinsically egocentric and with good reason. We're only able to see the world through our own sensory interpretation of it, and the holograpic and subjective reality we individually experience is by no means perfect. If it was perfect we would never ever make a mistake, and
what a boring life that would be :D So we need to set aside our own ego in order to understand the world-interpretation of others, at least so we don't end up like ignorant fools having nothing but limited and flawed knowledge of how things are in relationship to each other.
That is in my perspective a recipe for disaster as it will ripple through society in a manner that might affect it in a potentially negative way. I'm not going to give any detailed examples as I have limited knowledge about this topic, but urban myths that has potential to be harmful towards the development of a hyper-modern society is one unspecified example. What constitute harmful and helpful is another debate that we need to have and set the rules for before we leap through the pin-holes of great filters towards the slow progress of becoming a type one Kardashev-civilization. The estimation is that we'll reach that level in about 70-100 years, and what kind of civilization we will become is determined right now by the people that exists today. And I'm convinced that every single one of us have that responsebility for the future, it's a heavy
burden, as it shouldn't be taken lightly.
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