humanities

An old administrative building in Sweden

When you are studying at school, especially in a democratic welfare state like Finland, you just laugh at the people who are fed with governmental propaganda in other countries. At least, we learn about the unbiased truth! Nooooot quite! 😅 This is something I came to realize in a particular university course.

Throughout the education system before reaching the university we, poor subjects of propaganda, were fed with the overly cute definition of politics: politics is about taking care of common things in the society. Surely, all politicians just want to take care of things and usher the country towards a new era of prosperity. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 It sounds ridiculous, but that was the lie I and my fellow students believed in. (more…)

Statues of saints

I had taken quite a few courses in philosophy, but all I learned from them were long lists of great minds and what they think about the world. But somehow I didn’t feel quite satisfied. Was that it? Is philosophy just about knowing what others have thought before you? To know enough thinkers to have a name or two to drop in every single conversation? Then what’s the point, I wondered. (more…)