the law of jante, janteloven

The Jante Law

Thou shalt not presume that thou art anyone [important].

Thou shalt not presume that thou art as good as us.

Thou shalt not presume that thou art any wiser than us.

Thou shalt never indulge in the conceit of imagining that thou art better than us.

Thou shalt not presume that thou art more knowledgeable than us.

Thou shalt not presume that thou art more than us [in any way].

Thou shalt not presume that that thou art going to amount to anything.

Thou art not entitled to laugh at us.

Thou shalt never imagine that anyone cares about thee.

Thou shalt not suppose that thou can teach us anything.

the northerners

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hmm, this undermines a significant part of my american-style public persona…. i best be careful.

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