June 15, 2011
I actually LOVE this thing I am posting today. I know there is crime in Denmark. And I know there are thieves in Denmark. But there is something BIGGER than the crime stats and that is the ATTITUDE OF TRUST that we still have around here...especially in Jutland. I see it EVERYWHERE and I am 100% sure it is not an attitude of naivety... it IS an attitude of trust. I see it each time I pass a fruit/veggie stand with the money box for you to drop in your payment. I see it every time I pass by the racks in the student center at school where the students leave their jackets and sports bags. I see it every time I pass a cute dog left outside the grocery store, waiting for his owner to come back.
I dislike that I KNOW that people who read what I have posted today will think of some excuse/justification/rationalization for WHY we have these examples of "trust" in Danish society. I believe that it is 100% due to the welfare state where people do not feel a desperation to take what is not theirs.....they do not feel like they are part of the "have nots" of society... and that is because they have an assurance that if life hands them something catastrophic, their economic situation will not be destroyed because the system is set up to take care of them. So my dislike today is not connected to something "in/of Denmark" but rather cynical attitudes that do not believe that real trust of other people can still really exist in 2011. IT DOES EXIST. I SEE IT EVERY DAY.