Nick Triani ushers in the new year with some personal thoughts and resolutions while wondering if he’s even ready for some of the challenges 2018 might bring
Last week there was a story in the news about a new virus which made computers run slower. At first I fell into a disquieted, vexed and anxious mood, the main gist of it being Oh My fucking god! – will my computer still work and be able to keep up with the constant stream of filth that preoccupies my every breathing moment? But then I considered the benefits. Less time online, less reliance and adherence to my (not very secret) addiction. So, will 2018 finally be the year where I’ve exhausted that FOMO feeling I get when I’m not online? I hope so. Time to engage with the real world a bit more – whatever that costs me. Even Justin Rosenstein, creator of the like button, alludes negatively to our new addiction.
A new outlook (following #metoo)
I hope that 2018 brings a new attitude and will for change from the male population. Last year’s widespread sexual harassment revelations also managed to shed light on the kind of gender inequality which is unbelievably prevalent in supposed enlightened environs. If we are to change attitudes men can no longer tolerate this imbalance through silence or looking the other way. I’m more than ready to boycott any backwater thinking sexist, intolerant fool from my life and work – and so should you be.
I’m more than ready to boycott any backwater thinking sexist, intolerant fool from my life and work – and so should you be
I’ve started with Morrissey. I’ll ignore his UKIP influenced paranoia from now on and any of his music. It shames me to think that I have stood up for his incoherent ramblings in the past, using the excuse that he’s simply ‘misunderstood’. Sometimes one can be blinded by fandom.
A change in the weather
No snow. Not in Finland at least. Yes, we’ve had some brief encounters, but nothing substantial. Good job I didn’t splurge on those snow boots then. But hold on, they’ve had snow in Italy and England and across Europe. Loads of it. Climate change and that related unpredictability remain our biggest danger.
With Donald Trump being a deniar and more interested in button size boasting, what can we really do to save the planet? In our daily grind we’ve really come to accept that the planet is fucked and a ‘let’s just get the most out of it’ attitude prevails. I wonder about my 5-year-old’s life; it will most likely be categorized by a series of challenges relating to clean water, fresh food and basic human survival. Perhaps we can all agree in 2018 to do more to conserve natural resources and be less privileged.
And can we get rid of the orange tan? He is the predominant force for danger in our lives. It’s not just America’s responsibility, but a world problem. Anyway, anyhow, let’s do it. Promise?
Not a good look
When you have your 100th birthday party and let the Nazis play instead of the children, it’s not a good look. The (fake?) moral indignation afforded the Nazis in the events of last Independence Day in Finland was offensive in itself. Personally, I don’t need to be reasonable or even-handed or fair towards the nazis. I don’t need to accept their existence in my life as they are anti-life. ‘Any means’ necessary someone posted on Facebook about stopping this particular Nazi demonstration on Independence Day. I wholeheartedly agree. The outrage some felt in Finland that a lie could be used to stop a Nazi demonstration only goes to show how backward the thinking is regarding matters of race and human rights.
Personally, I don’t need to be reasonable or even-handed or fair towards the nazis. I don’t need to accept their existence in my life as they are anti-life
It starts from the top down, but Finland needs to change its attitude and fast. Right now I consider Finland an openly racist country that doesn’t even hide its truest darkest feelings. Yes, there is a right wing epidemic across Europe. Finland needs to smarten up. Are we welcome or should us brown folks and foreigners fuck off? I’ve experienced the fuck off too many times. Please change.
20 years of humility
This year is my 20th year living in Finland. It’s a long time. Finland has been very good to me most of the time. The cultural landscape of Helsinki has changed quite radically over the last 20 years. There is now a very thriving and diverse community of creatives all over the City. Of course, Helsinki wasn’t barren earth before I arrived, but it seemed still under some kind of former Soviet influence and the city was less expressive in general. But when I first moved here, Finland felt different – isolationist even. Meeting people changed that perception. Drinking socially was heavy that first year I vaguely recall. I quickly sobered up.
Drinking socially was heavy that first year I vaguely recall. I quickly sobered up
An incredible wealth of new textures informed me: the weather, the language, the shyness, the darkness, children, love. I feel part of the fabric of this country now and happy to be. I have experienced extreme generosity, warmth, friendship and understanding from many Finns. I have felt privileged at how welcome I’ve been made to feel by some quarters. And of course, I’m excited about the next 20 years. I’ll write more about my time in Finland later this year.
So, yeah, Bring on 2018.
Nick Triani is a co-founder, contributor and editor at One Quart Magazine.