I believe my send-off to 2015 a year ago was something along the lines of
'Fuck You!' so I am struggling to find the words for 2016... 'Don't let the door
hit you on the ass' just doesn't seem enough. I am known for my pessimism
and I have never been a good liar, so 2016: YOU SUCKED BALLS.
But what's worse is, you laid the ground work for an absolutely horrendous 2017.
Do you guys remember the late 90's, when there was a terrifying and disgusting war
in Europe, a continent-wide economic crisis and sky high unemployment?
I graduated from senior high-school with the words 'Get out while you can!'
ringing in my ears. So I fled to London, started dating a hippie and made minimum wage,
and still I was much better off than most people in Europe - or the World - at that time.
We thought we had it bad. We were told no generation in Sweden had had worse
prospects since the second world war. But 20 years later; THIS! The back-lash, the hatred.
The amount of people just WAITING for this day, to fight back, to claim their superiority,
to destroy. The liberal millennials could never have imagined the fear and anger
that has been stewing... but wait, couldn't they have - and, couldn't we have?
Because haven't we all heard it, again and again? At the breakfast table,
then less frequently, at the Christmas table - but did it actually ever change?
If anything, my dad got worse, more right wing, with old age. And so did
many of his peers. We kind of hoped their opinions didn't matter in the grand
scheme of things, but they still get to vote - and there are so many of them.
Sweden has been considered one of the 5 most feminist countries in the world
for the last 100 years or so, but according to calculations we still have 200 years
to go before women's' salaries are equal to men's, at the rate we're going.
What does that say about equal rights in any form? It tells us we cannot stop fighting,
we cannot afford to be a complacent, trusting people. It tells us the people
in charge will always try to stay in charge, to abuse us, to keep us down.
Obviously I am not just talking about Sweden.
And I am not placing blame. If anything, I am accepting part of the blame.
And I am asking you all to pick up the torch once more, and to hold it high.