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Topic: Janteloven - the Law of Jante

I'm bored and I thought I'd post something about cultural differences that may be interesting. I don't know if you have heard about the Law of Jante. It's not an actual law. The "law" is from the novel "A refugee crosses his tracks" by the Danish/Norwegian author Axel Sandemose. It's a exagerated parody of the pressured to conform and the value of society and the community vs individuality. I think I should ask people from very individualistic cultures such as the US to sit down and remember to breathe  ajb007/shifty

1) Don't think you're anything special.

2) You're not to think you're as good as we are.

3) Don't think you're smarter than we are.

4) You're not to think you're better than we are.

5) You're not to think you know more than we do.

6) You're not to think you' re important.

7) You're not to think you're good at anything.

8) You're not to laugh at us.

9) You're not to think anyone cares about you.

10) You're not to think you can teach us anything.

Last edited by Number24 (26th Mar 2019 14:03)

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Re: Janteloven - the Law of Jante

Or to paraphrase......

‘there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know’  ajb007/lol

That’s what we calll ‘sods law’ obviously made sense to someone at the time  ajb007/biggrin

Cheers  ajb007/bond

Last edited by Bond44 (11th Aug 2018 20:16)

My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!

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Re: Janteloven - the Law of Jante

I like sods' law  ajb007/smile
The Janteloven looks pretty horrid, mainly because it is. But I also see the positives: not to get too full of yourself, to remember that you're a part of a whole and notice other people.

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Re: Janteloven - the Law of Jante

Actually I stretched it a little, true ‘Sods Law’ is if something can go wrong it definitely will - it’s a more extreme version of Murray’s Law that says it can go wrong  ajb007/biggrin

I get your point  ajb007/biggrin

Cheers  ajb007/bond

My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!