Saturday, September 24, 2005

In full color

Have received a few comments today as the biggest business newspaper in Norway (Dagens Næringsliv) mentions and has a big picture of me.

"Obviously, a man's judgement cannot be better than the information on which he has based it. Give him the truth and he may still go wrong when he has the chance to be right, but give him no news or present him only with distorted and incomplete data, with ignorant, sloppy or biased reporting, with propaganda and deliberate falsehoods, and you destroy his whole reasoning processes, and make him something less than a man."
[Arthur Hays Sulzberger]

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Election for parliament in Norway on Monday. I'm disappointed and worried that so many Norwegians have fallen for the charisma and simplified answers of the brown outer right wing party. It's sad to see people, who don't know how well they are off, start blaming and fearing the weakest or the ones who aren't like themselves.

Forgive them not, for they should know what they do.

"The rational man seeks the truth gropingly, he knows that his reasoning is only probable, that other considerations will arise to make it doubtful; ...he is "open." He may even appear hesitant. But there are people who are attracted by the durability of stone. They want to be massive and impenetrable, they do not want to change: where would change lead them? This is an original fear of oneself and a fear of truth. And what frightens them is not the content of truth which they do not even suspect, but the very form of the true--that thing of indefinite approximation...They want to exist all at once and right away. They do not want acquired opinions, they want them to be innate; since they are afraid of reasoning, they want to adopt a mode of life in which reasoning and research play but a subordinate role, in which one never seeks but that which one has already found..."
[Jean-Paul Sartre]