Sunday, 6 August 2017

How Can You Buy or Sell The Earth?

How Can You Buy or Sell the Earth?

(In 1854, the United States Government offered to buy two million acres of Indian land in the Northwest. Chief Sealth's (Seattle's) reply to President Franklin Pierce)

The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. The Great Chief also sends us words of friendship and good will. This is kind of him since we know he has little need of our friendship in return. But we will consider your offer.

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing, and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man. So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us...

This we know: All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. But we will consider your offer to go to the reservation you have for my people. We will live apart and in peace.

One thing we know, which the white man may one day discover - our God is the same God. You may think now that you own him as you wish to own the land: but you cannot.

He is the God of man; his compassion is equal for the red man and the white. This earth is precious to Him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator. The whites too shall pass; perhaps sooner than all other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.

But in your perishing, you will shine brightly, fired by the strength of the God who brought you to this land and for some special purpose gave you dominion over this land and over the red man. That destiny is a mystery to us, for we do not understand when the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses are tamed and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival. So we will consider your offer to buy the land.

If we agree, it will be to secure the reservation you have promised. There, perhaps, we may live out our brief days as we wish. When the last red man has vanished from the earth, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people. For they love this earth as a newborn loves its mother's heartbeat. So if we sell our land, love it as we've loved it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you take it. And preserve it for your children, and love God loves us all. One thing we know. Our God is the same God. This earth is precious to Him. Even the white man cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all.

We shall see...


Thursday, 3 August 2017 is out

finally, is out! more than 13 hours of sweet tunes have been collected over the past year.

play it at spotify.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


back in may 2016 i launched a site called a joint project with a friend of mine. on users can follow a few selected norwegian athletes in their quest for success. my friend quickly became bored with this project. the site never got much traction. despite this, i kept improving the service on my own. since is built on top of foreNeno this has led to many improvements for that platform. hence, in that sense, the project has been a success. despite foreNeno's automatic collection of data i still have to spend some time tuning the system and optimising the content. this i can no longer be bothered.

the peak, about a year ago

current days

there are almost no users left on i don't even use the site myself. neither am i any longer interested in promoting the olympics. the olympic games is to me a synonym with corruption. and when i think of the olympic slogan "citius, altius, fortius" or "faster, higher, stronger" i see nothing but an old fashion and highly outdated view of the world, an illusion with "the individual" in the centre. with time i have gotten less and less interested in individuals trying to "beat" others. there has been too much "bread and circus" for too long. time for a change. will be unplugged very soon.

the front page of 26th of july 2017

the media page of 26th of july 2017