Rotsne

Harsh reality awaits our new high school students

In culture on June 20, 2010 at 09:23

I found this blog in Danish from a much respected poster, who had some of his blog-entries posted in a Danish newspaper. He wrote a blog-entry as personal speech to the high school students, who are graduating as we speak. I will quote and translate it:

Jeg vil starte med at ønske Jer tillykke med huen efter en hård indsats.
Forhåbentlig når I nu at nyde den. Forhåbentlig har I ikke fået en dårlig rådgivning i forhold til Jeres videre valg i livet, så I går glip af at fejre den med Jeres venner og familie og i stedet må bruge sommeren på lange kurser, så I har det krævede niveau i de forskellige fag i forhold til den uddannelse I har sigtet hen imod.
Jeg vil ønske at der var flere positive ord jeg kunne give Jer med på vejen. Desværre er det ikke tilfældet.

First he graduates the new high school students. Due to poor counseling some students cannot celebrate that their graduation. Despite their grades are high, some colleges and universities demand a different level than the one they have taken, so they must continue on special summer schools. Then he wishes that it was possible to add more positive words to the new high school students – a wish which is not possible.

I er den første voksne generation, der skal ud på arbejdsmarkedet efter at vi har påbegyndt nedtagningen af vores velfærdssamfund. Det er med Churchills ord kun en vej belagt med blod, sved og tårer I har foran Jer. Der vil være nogle som med disse fremtidsudsigter vil vælge at feste de næste 10 år væk som om at verdenen ikke står i morgen. Til Jer skal I ikke høre et beklagende ord fra undertegnede. Jeg tilhører med beklagelse den generation, der om nogen er ansvarlig for det rod, Danmark befinder sig i dag fordi at vi ikke i tide sagde fra før at vores forældre drog fra deres aktive tilværelse med efterløn, skattebegunstigede pensionsopsparinger af en kaliber verdenen aldrig vil se igen og nedsparingslån.

The statement is that the new students will enter a society which was once a welfare society. Then Churchill’s Blood, toil, tears, and sweat speech is quoted. Whether they choose to party by the prospect of a grim future or choose to struggle for survival, he won’t judge them. All the money in our society was removed the previous generation due to a tax system, which favorites the elderly in our society.

I har oplevet nogle teenageår, hvor at 80′ernes forbudssverige måtte fremstå som det forjættede land. I har oplevet et liv med store begrænsninger. Nu kan I feste uden restriktioner og når der samtidig ikke er en belønning i bytte for tro tjeneste på arbejdsmarkedet som efterlønnen egentlig er udtryk for, så hvorfor starte.

Then he speaks about how different the conditions Danish teenagers endure today are from the free life teenagers enjoyed just 20 years ago before the wall fell down and opposite what most people it was the restricted way of living seen behind the iron curtain which was put upon our youth. There are now a lot of restrictions on even normal things like purchase of tobacco and alcohol preventing them from living the life of a teenager to the fullest. Because the early retirement is removed the motivation to work hard during their adulthood is gone.

I min generation har vi begået mange fejl. Vi har på en gang været for åbne overfor omverdenen og samtidig ikke været i stand til at stille krav på global plan. Det er f.eks. en illusion at tale om frihandel, når produktionsstederne i Asien mere end nogle er så langt fra fortolkningen af ordet “frihed” som det om muligt er. Der tales så meget om sociale klausuler. Det lyder så smukt, men er så urimelig for Danske arbejdspladser. Hvad er rimeligheden i at Danske arbejdspladser tager sig af de svage i samfundet, når de samtidig taber arbejdspladser til lande, hvor at medarbejderne ikke må organisere sig, hvor at arbejdsgivere stadig har tilladelse til fysisk afstraffelse og hvor at der ingen omfordeling af disse samfunds goder findes?

He admits the mistakes of his generation speaking about the choice to be open to the surrounding world destroyed Denmark. Then he speaks about how free trade is an illusion as long as we in the western world don’t put pressure on the third world countries so they will allow democracy and trade unions beyond government control. I am shocked to learn that some of the countries Denmark trade with have no tax systems which ensure that all pay half of their income so the people poor and in need can get help.

Kære studenter: Jeres generation skal slås for lukkethed. Den skal slås for handel med begrænsninger og betingelser. I skal lære at se med mistro på nyheder udefra og arbejde for at vi igen får et samfund hvor at en persons anseelse i høj grad bygger på familiens generelle renommé. Der skal ikke flere jakkesæt-klædte management typer til at byde på finansielle pyramidespil med Jeres penge blot fordi at de kommer med en fin eksamen fra det ypperste universitet fra det ydre Mongoli. Papirer fra læreanstalter som ingen kan bekræfte eksistensen af, men papirer som har bragt personer frem til høje stillinger i samfundet.

He makes a personal appeal that the graduates to look out for people from the outside. You have to set this statement into a historical perspective. Danes around Copenhagen are easy to impress. Unlike the communities at the countryside where the status of people very much built on the status of their parents, they tend to judge people upon their appearance. In a lot of cases people have obtained doctored exam papers from a school abroad and lured money from ordinary people. His statement is that the citizens in the larger cities should learn from the people at the countryside.

Ingen skal kunne forlange at en arbejdsgiver skal kunne vide noget om uddannelsessystemerne uden for Danmark. De er ofte af tvivlsom karakter og selv store lande som USA har ikke et federal organ, der regulerer hver eneste skole. Der skal også være plads til ureguleret undervisning som støtte til 3. verdenslande. I Danmark er der skoler, der har uddannet hele centraladministrationer i Afrikanske lande uden at de er akkrediteret herhjemme. De dækker et behov, som akkrediterede uddannelsesinstitutioner ikke kan imødekomme. Her i landet har vi dog højere krav og når udenlandske uddannelsespapirer kun vanskeligt lader sig verificere, så bør der ikke lægges vægt på meriter opnået uden for Danmark. I stedet bør vi i højere grad ligge vægt på de menneskelige kvaliteter.

While unaccredited education institutions are necessary to support the governmental institutions in the third world where doctor titles are handed out as candy, Danish employers should not use even seconds on validating school papers obtained abroad and focus on the papers achieved in Denmark only. It is not a ban on employing foreign employees. But instead of qualifications the focus should be on whether they fit into the organization.

Der er her at I kan gøre en forskel. Allerede nu har I lært værdien af at vedligeholde et netværk dyrket gennem 3 år i fredagsbaren. I har lært at være kollegaer rummer mere end blot at få en lønseddel fra samme arbejdsgiver. For at et team skal fungere skal det være homogent og dele basale værdier. Man kan med rimelighed hævde I vil bevæge Jer ud i et samfund hvor at det er mere vigtigt end nogensinde at kampen om at få genindført traditionelle normer og værdier bliver gennemført. Ryk sammen og støt hinanden. Sørg for at engagere dem som ikke deler Jeres normer og værdier med høflig tavshed, samt sund skepsis.

He wants the youth to make a difference. He wants them to expand the network they have founded at the Friday bars in the high schools as it is custom in Denmark and continue to use them when it comes to making business deals and hiring employees in the future. It is a question about sharing values and he predicts that the battle for Danish values will be of the outmost importance in the future.

Kære studenter. Jeg missunder Jer ikke opgaven. Jeg vil håbe at I kan løfte den. Men uanset om I vælger at gå ud i livet hver dag med bitterhed men determineret på at gøre en forskel eller vælger at feste det næste årti væk i afmagt over rigets tilstand, så har I min respekt. Det eneste jeg ikke vil respektere er at I begår samme fejl som vores generation med vores naive åbenhed. Sker det vil vil vore engang så stolte nation for alvor gå under.
Endnu en gang tillykke.

He doesn’t envy them. I happen to agree. I would not start over again under the conditions our youth face. Once again he states that he won’t judge them if they choose to party instead. All he asks is that the graduates refrain from being naive and being impressed when learning of stuff abroad. He appeals to them that they don’t make the same mistakes as his generation did because it would be the end of Denmark as an independent nation.

This is Trane Joergensen’s final words. I have to ask:

But is that enough? Will Denmark once again become a welfare society instead of a country where the graduates face challenges measured beyond anything found on this planet if we just find our path into a isolation?

I will doubt that Denmark could do this on their own. I think that it is time for all western countries to built up a custom wall unlike anything seen in our past history. Of course we cannot intervene in internal matters of other countries like demanding that the allow trade unions and stop killing of trade union activists when killing system critics is a core component in their culture. What works here may not work abroad.

Brazil is one of the new strong economies. Back in 1960 they set new standards regarding architecture. Few know that a Dane named Henning Boilesen was heavily involved in this matter. His kindness and humanitarianism was a crucial aid to the Brazilian society. Sadly he was killed by criminals and then the Brazilian society collapsed into despair which they only have recovered from recently. But the methods used to archive the positions Brazil had in the international society back in the 1960’s was far from the methods we use in Denmark. Some might even criticize them, but I just have to say that they found their way to add a positive impact on a society in so much need of a change. It is time for us to allow the third world to find a path on their own by not aiding them so much that we kill the local economy. We can redraw all aid and use it on the people in need in our own country, so we all benefit in the end.

Until the western countries unite and demand their old privileges in the world back, I am afraid for the future our high school graduates will face.

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