Presentation av Pappa Hans – Someone asked me last week who I was…

Life as I know it

I can say that I was born of goodly parents who did what they could to give me the upbringing all children would have had if life permitted that a filter existed on bad choices and geographical cultural and natural differences. Life is just not so and therefore we all have different upbringings and environmentally highly differentiated settings. Why this is so has always intrigued man and raised the existential questions of our existence. The choice of man and earth´s natural geography with all the consequences that these two eternal laws will bring is mighty important to both understand and more needed to accept life and contribute to make this world a nicer place for the people we meet.

If I was to label myself in any way I would prefer to call myself a practical visionary man, a philosopher of sort, people would probably say. Titles that I have in this world attained by choices I have made are husband, father, provider, Mormon, teacher, house owner, long distance commuter, researcher, history writer, family man, journal writer and sold on Kenya. Titles are important when we try to describe people we meet and still we color our descriptions unwillingly with our own definitions of the same. For example when I say that my neighbor like me is a father I suppose that he too got his children with great intent and fully work for their good in life, because that is what fathers do according to my view and definition of how a father is.

As we live our life people tend to label us with what they experience in our presence, sometimes these labels of character coincide with what we think of ourselves but only when we have considered our actions and ways with critical eyes. Let´s hope that I am aware of the part of my ways that appear to annoy people enough to have me gently mend my ways amongst people, because my life needs to be a blessing to those I meet according to myself. What a statement! Why is it so that this is important to me? Do I not have to high expectations on myself? Probably, but still this is the way I wish to live and not only the people met are affected but I also am affected. Could it not be so that we may assume that if people would do their best to behave in their doings and approaches of each other, this world would in definite become a better place?

What is a better place for you and me? For me a better place is where people try to help one another as most people hopefully would say. Some people I´m sure would more likely refer a better place to a financial situation of sort. To combine these two ways of looking at the world could be difficult. We that have a financially good situation find ourselves with houses, cars, stable job and often travelling experience. We make good money for what we do at our work. We can only continue in our ways because there are others less fortunate, that need to work longer hours, make less money and most often are not part of the 20% of earth´s population that do consume 80% of what this earth produce in substance. What could we do? Or rather what should I do? Should I be my brother´s keeper? If I were to save the world, I would have to be put in a mental hospital soon enough, but to totally block other people out from our own lives is not healthy either. How could I get a balance between my doings and insights on how this world works? I hope we do not only help others because we are told so or because of guilt of having so much our self? What is triggering us? What deeper values in life are there naturally, if sought for in the realms of the “golden rule” doing good for people we meet?

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