Of sorrow and hope

As you have probably heard, Norway is a country in deep shock and sorrow.

A fanatic planted a car bomb in the centre of Oslo and then took a ferry to  the island of Utøya.

Pretending to be a policeman, he hunted and mowed down many youngsters (most of them teenagers) who were attending the Labour Party Youth Camp.

Over 90 people have been killed so far and many more injured.

You might think that there would be a great outcry for revenge.

But Norway has chosen a much harder path than the one of retaliation.

They have chosen to have even more democracy and openness.

In the words of the Prime Minister, “You will not destroy us. You will not destroy our democracy or our ideals for a better world.”

It would be much easier to give in to fear and hatred than to believe in compassion and ideals.

But we must have faith that there are more heroes than villains in the world, that there is more good than evil.

Because if we don’t, then fear and hatred will have won.

When a reporter asked one of the survivors how she wanted people to fight terrorism, she replied:

“If one man can show this much hate, think how much love we can show together.”

A beautiful and powerful statement.

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87 responses

  1. Så vakkert!
    We are very grateful for your support in this difficult time in our country..


    July 25, 2011 at 14:35

  2. Really good and moving answer.I was also shocked by this news.
    We need more love all the world.


    July 25, 2011 at 15:22

  3. I have been very impressed by what I have heard of Norway’s response to this atrocity. I pray for strength for all the Norwegian people that they may continue to set us all this example of compassion, courage, and love.


    July 25, 2011 at 15:41

  4. A wonderful post, the Norwegians are certainly showing great strength. I had also heard that quote from one of the survivors. Thanks also for your support by commenting on my Amy Winehouse Tribute.


    July 25, 2011 at 15:55

  5. Blu

    I cannot better what you have written above, all we can try and do is spread some kindness around the world. x


    July 25, 2011 at 16:09

  6. Superb… Stunning… Lovely pictures Fiona….


    July 25, 2011 at 16:13

  7. wow. love her response to the reporter…that is a beautiful thing rising in the ashes of the other…my heart goes out to the families left behind…


    July 25, 2011 at 16:15

  8. Beautifully expressed … these are indeed strange times we are living in.


    July 25, 2011 at 16:19

  9. Chills. “A beautiful and powerful statement.” Perfectly said.


    July 25, 2011 at 16:30

  10. it was tragic indeed …
    and I so appreciate the response


    July 25, 2011 at 16:38

  11. Ash

    I agree. A very graceful response. Lovely photos, particualrly LOVE the second photo.


    July 25, 2011 at 16:45

  12. I am still in total shock.
    Cannot believe such thing could happen in Norway…


    July 25, 2011 at 16:52

  13. Riet

    OUr whole country is symphasizing with the Norwegian people. We are all in shock afetr what happened. And a beautiful answer from the survivor. Thank you for sharing.


    July 25, 2011 at 17:03

  14. Love is certainly what’s needed – in abundance.


    July 25, 2011 at 17:12

  15. My sympathies go out to the wounded and people who lost loved ones. I love what the girl said to the reporter : “If one man can show this much hate, think how much love we can show together.” Very wise.


    July 25, 2011 at 17:12

  16. Norway’s response to this tragedy should be an inspiration to all of us. The girl that talked to the reporter is wise beyond her years.


    July 25, 2011 at 17:26

  17. What a gracious and loving response to such a horrific tragedy. We all hold Norway in our hearts and prayers.


    July 25, 2011 at 17:40

  18. I had not heard. I don’t listen to the news or read the newspaper. I don’t currently own a tv. I live a life insulated from this kind of madness. You have written a lovely tribute to the country and the survivors of this incomprehensible act by an insane individual. Beautiful images. Much love to you.


    July 25, 2011 at 17:52

  19. moving words LadyFi. yes, what the world needs is more love. and to respond with love to acts of hate, well that is the most generous and healing response of all. thanks.


    July 25, 2011 at 18:16

  20. I was reading a couple of blogs, and they were talking about how here, in the states, it’s not really being talked about. And it’s sort of true. It wasn’t the leading story on my local news the day it happened. And CNN didn’t have much on it. It breaks my heart. My family is Norwegian. Such good people.


    July 25, 2011 at 18:17

  21. Very beautiful and heartfelt post. I am so sorry for what has happened and my thoughts are with you and your country.


    July 25, 2011 at 18:50

    • Thank you for your thoughts. I am British and live in Sweden, which is Norway’s neighbour. Still, it’s pretty close to home, I guess.


      July 25, 2011 at 19:32

  22. beautiful post, LF….no other words.


    July 25, 2011 at 20:00

  23. imac

    Its the few – who spoil for the whole.
    Long live a beautiful Country, Norway.


    July 25, 2011 at 21:05

  24. Amen to that wonderful quote.


    July 25, 2011 at 21:18

  25. Smart man your PM. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


    July 25, 2011 at 21:23

  26. Fine bilder og tekst!


    July 25, 2011 at 21:25

  27. You have wonderfully written your grief and sorrow about Norway’s tragedy over the weekend. The entire global community sympathizes.



    July 25, 2011 at 21:26

  28. Your post today brought tears to my eyes. I am so moved by the Norwegian people and the route they are taking to deal with the horror! If all countries would do the same just think how powerful we could be indeed!! And indeed how much love we could all show together! Thank you for sharing this with us. It is something we all need to consider when it comes to dealing with the hate that seems to fill our world these days.



    July 25, 2011 at 21:44

  29. “If one man can show this much hate, think how much love we can show together.”

    The Power of Words. The POWER of Love.

    I am thinking of you all this minute, Lady Fi.

    Beautiful Post.


    July 25, 2011 at 21:47

  30. That truly is a powerful statement coming from the survivor. For many it seems far easier to hate than to love in this world but this girl certainly has risen above that kind of thinking. She is also no doubt incredibly grateful to be alive. Seeing Norway and how the people are coping is very inspirational, indeed!


    July 25, 2011 at 21:50

  31. I was just reading an article on this… indeed this is a difficult road that Norway is taking. Beautiful post, lovely thoughts! Thanks!


    July 25, 2011 at 21:52

  32. Beautifully written. It was such a sad day for humanity…not just Norway. Yes. we should unite in love.


    July 25, 2011 at 22:25

  33. Lew

    Indeed, a powerful post and statement by one of the surviors!! You have beautifully illustrated your words with these images!


    July 25, 2011 at 22:42

  34. What a beautiful post – love the image of the angels in the window. “If one man can show this much hate, think how much love we can show together.” – so true and expresses much wisdom from one so young. Gives me hope for this world!


    July 25, 2011 at 23:07

  35. I have nothing to ad.

    Oh, today I can see what I write. 🙂 Thank you.


    July 25, 2011 at 23:18

  36. Beautiful images. Beautifully put.


    July 25, 2011 at 23:23

  37. The photo with the angels and the window just about made me cry in this context 😦 😦 😦 😦 I have a friend who is safe in Oslo right now, no other connection except as a human and neighbour but have still felt as if I’ve had a grey heavy blanket of sadness above me.


    July 25, 2011 at 23:44

  38. Very beautiful photos. It is so horrible and it is hard to understand how things like this can happen…


    July 26, 2011 at 00:08

  39. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder that we as a people can do better – much better. Out of this incredible sadness, your country is teaching the world how we need to be – knowing that love will always trump hate. May peace come back to Norway. elizabeth


    July 26, 2011 at 00:30

    • I certainly hope we will do better in the future. I don’t live in Norway but next door, in Sweden, which is now my adopted country if you like. (I’m a Brit.)


      July 26, 2011 at 07:39

  40. such a beautiful post. it’s so devastating that such things can happen to humanity. 😦


    July 26, 2011 at 01:19

  41. Al

    Beautiful photos. And from my perspective, Norway is approaching this just the right way – if we let these fanatics destroy our way of life, they’ve won.


    July 26, 2011 at 01:56

  42. The events in Norway are truly frightening and horrific. But the quote you shared from one of the survivors is the one that I want to hang onto. Thank you for finding a bright spot in a very dark event.

    By the way, I’m just back from vacation and catching up with your posts but I’m only going to leave one comment as I’m overwhelmed with blog posts to be read from all my favorite blogs. Thanks for understanding.


    July 26, 2011 at 02:03

  43. Her response to the reporter was truly amazing!
    And your post is wonderful!
    My heart goes out to all those that lost loved ones!
    Thank you!


    July 26, 2011 at 03:18

  44. My heart hurts for the survivors and for those who have lost people dear to them. I am so impressed with the way the country has responded, and in awe of the survivor quoted.
    Thank you for showing some of the positives arising from this appalling act.


    July 26, 2011 at 03:30

  45. Thank you. This wholoe horrible thing has actually been featured on all our news here (sometimes we actually look beyond our own borders). I am just now listening to National Public Radio, which has a piece on the reaction and the Prime Minister’s statement, much like what you said, but actually not so beautifully worded. (And definitely without the evocative pictures). Thank you for writing this and my heart (and the hearts of everyone who has one) goes out to the country, the survivors, and this earth.


    July 26, 2011 at 04:54

  46. Really sad at what has happened.
    Very well presented with pics.


    July 26, 2011 at 05:16

  47. A tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are will all those impacted by the violence.


    July 26, 2011 at 06:43

  48. Beautiful scene, atmosphere and photography, too.



    July 26, 2011 at 08:27

  49. I love your engagement, thank you! Wonderful, touching post in difficult time.


    July 26, 2011 at 09:41

  50. Norway has had a terrible tragedy. I admire the Norwegians’ response .


    July 26, 2011 at 09:45

  51. Ladyfi, you expressed beautifully, I can’t agree with you more. I admire the wisdom of Norwegian leaders and the patience of its people.


    July 26, 2011 at 09:53

  52. Beautiful captures,

    What happened in Norway is really sad and disappointing, Just a couple of weeks ago we had 3 bomb blasts here in Mumbai, valuable lives lost. Sometimes i wonder if Humanity should be the only religion allowed on planet earth.


    July 26, 2011 at 10:02

  53. It was a shocking tragedy. The world sympathises with the families of the victims.


    July 26, 2011 at 10:55

  54. I admire the people of Norway. Beautiful post and your photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your world.


    July 26, 2011 at 11:27

  55. How poignant with the dandelion flower. Have you got the same idea that if you blow the flower seeds towards your target , they will feel you love.


    July 26, 2011 at 11:39

  56. A wonderful post – my thought as with your country.
    I only hope people will learn from this that we need to educate not segregate and we need to think not just react. There is an deeply ugly side to some political and religious movement – and their arguments need to be contested at every turn.
    Stewart M – Australia


    July 26, 2011 at 12:07

  57. JM

    I have been following the news since day one and I’m horrified everytime I see the images of the massacre and the bombing. My thoughts are with the Norwegian people, I can’t imagine what the feeling must be… Beautiful post, Lady Fi.


    July 26, 2011 at 14:40

  58. Well said ladyfi! I saw the book of condolence in the newspaper . I signed it on internet. We must all stand firm against these kind of people.


    July 26, 2011 at 16:22

  59. Well said,
    I’m not sure that there really is any other to the tragedy than love.


    July 26, 2011 at 16:33

  60. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. I am humbled by your nation’s resolve to be more open and to insist on those virtues that make you who you are. God bless.


    July 26, 2011 at 17:02

  61. This post reminds me of the shooting of 10 little girls under the age of 13 in the Amish school in West Mines, PA a number of years ago. I remember been brought to my knees by the reaction of the Amish community to such senseless horrific tragedy and how they immediately extended forgiveness and grace to the gunman’s family.


    July 26, 2011 at 17:23

  62. wonderfull pictures !


    July 26, 2011 at 17:39

  63. Indeed. My thoughts are very much with Norway these days too. Beautiful post and perfect photos to reflect the sentiments. I wonder how many more of these attrocities we have to go through before the love wins through.


    July 26, 2011 at 17:57

  64. It is very sad, and their reactions, amazing. Wonderful photos!


    July 26, 2011 at 18:41

  65. This is very tragic.Some extremists always believe in terror to achieve their means.


    July 26, 2011 at 20:45

  66. Wonderful post. I agree so much with what that young girl said. Our hearts go out to Norway in this horribly sad situation.


    July 26, 2011 at 20:47

  67. When something senseless occurs, our hearts often constrict instead of expand. Thank you for the reminder to keep the light of hope and love shining.


    July 26, 2011 at 22:19

  68. So much pain and destruction and still love and humanity finds a way to triumph.


    July 26, 2011 at 23:31

  69. Very nice post about those tragic events.


    July 27, 2011 at 00:02

  70. Thank you Lady Fi for bringing this even more to our attention by your proximity. I cannot even imagine what Norway is going through. Love as you say, will win.


    July 27, 2011 at 01:19

  71. Heartbreaking.

    Love is the answer, as you say.


    July 27, 2011 at 01:52

  72. All my love to them!


    July 27, 2011 at 02:10

  73. Jim

    Lovely tribute! Our thoughts are with you.


    July 27, 2011 at 02:13

  74. Love IS the answer, why then is it so much harder?


    July 27, 2011 at 02:51

  75. Well said!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral




    July 27, 2011 at 03:48

  76. very nice !


    July 27, 2011 at 07:30

  77. I like the last quote. I am not sure I would feel that way if it were one of my grandchildren at that camp. BUT I do believe that something good comes out of all such tragedies..we just have to keep our eyes open to see it:)


    July 27, 2011 at 08:47

  78. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.


    July 27, 2011 at 13:27

  79. I just don’t get all this hate and ugliness. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.


    July 27, 2011 at 17:26

  80. It was such awful news. I think it’s true that combatting with love is so much better than the alternative but so hard to do.


    July 28, 2011 at 03:29

  81. Beautifully written….
    you have a way of putting things into perspective for all of us.


    July 28, 2011 at 04:05

  82. I just had an idea….what if you lead some kind of blog thing where people sent in cheerful stories/ photos/ art and made a little book for the kids of Norway? I’d help!


    July 28, 2011 at 12:39

  83. The words of that woman I will not forget.


    July 29, 2011 at 19:50

  84. Amen, Fiona. Beautifully expressed in words and images. Did you know about this site: http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/oslobomben/lenke.php#lang=gb


    August 2, 2011 at 20:46

  85. Great set of photos. I love angels. Those angels are they made from wood?

    Happy Sunday!


    August 28, 2011 at 15:36

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