Singing against a massmurderer

I wasn’t going to write about the trial going on against the norwegian mass murderer who on the 22 July last year brutally killed 77 people, most of them young, some even children. Because there are so many others, that is every media in Norway. But there was one event today that really moved my heart. That is 40.000 people in Oslo, and others in every big city in Norway, singing a song. Together. Aginst something the murderer have said in court, that a childrens song should have brainwashed people in Norway. A song is better than hate, so they sang the song (in norwegian):  “Together we will live, each sister and each brother, young children of the rainbow, and a fertile soil…”

29 thoughts on “Singing against a massmurderer

  1. It’s been in the news in the UK and yes, it’s been very moving to see so many people from all walks of life and different backgrounds to come out in protest against such a monsterous man and his warped ideas. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the many victims.

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  2. Hi,
    I didn’t know about the people getting together singing the song, thank you for the information.
    It was such a terrible and awful moment when I first heard the news about the people on the island, so many children, I will never understand how someone could do this.

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  3. Around the world, all of us were shocked when this horrible, bizarre and pointless event happened – as a parent you could not help but feel sadness and sympathy for all families who lost loved ones – the same as when a gunman walked into Dunblane Primary School, a village school in Scotland, and gunned down many little children and staff members! There is sometimes no rhyme nor reason to the awful things that some people do to others, and for the rest of us, we are left to grieve, to pick up the pieces, and struggle on wondering at the reasons why. I am not normally a supporter of the death penalty, unless there is absolute evidence that a person committed the crime, where the culprit shows no remorse for his crimes, and where the deliberate deaths of children are involved. This mass murdered fits all three!

    Take care!

    John

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    1. Thanks for your comment, John. I understand what you mean. At the same time I am glad that I live in a county that do not have death penalty. I think it is inhuman, and we have to behave humanly, even against those that are not.

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  4. I can’t believe this madness happened in Norway. What could have catalysed that much hate? We heard in the press in the UK that it wasn’t due to insanity, and that makes it more terrifying.

    It’s good to see the people of Norway coming together to sing the song. A great way to fight hatred.

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  5. Pete Seeger lives not far from us here in the Hudson Valley. He has been a man of principle and compassion his whole long life. That the hater who horribly stole so many lives in Norway pointed to this song, and that Norwegians responded by embracing it in the face of that, is an inspiring example to us all. Your words, “A song is better than hate,” are beautiful.

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  6. Please forgive, the earlier comment I did not write out correctly. Here is what I meant to say: Pete Seeger lives not far from us here in the Hudson Valley. He has been a man of principle and compassion his whole long life. That Norwegians responded to the hater who horribly stole so many lives in Norway by embracing the song the hater hated too is an inspiring example to us all. Your words, “A song is better than hate,” are beautiful.

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  7. I´m not gonna click “like” because it is wrong.
    I´ll just say fuckin´ breivik (he doesn´t deserve even to write his name, nor with a capital letter)

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