Some wonderful photos from Scandinavia by U.S. Nordic ski Olympic veteran, Caitlin Patterson.
I love all these shots, but was especially charmed by the humility of style designed into the “warming hut” in Beitostolen, Norway, about 1/3 of the way down Patterson’s post. I love how the doorway is framed by the roof-line, accentuated by the contrasting cone of snow.
And so, as men, we should not be so quick to take upon ourselves the robes of our Creator. Declaring rights upon oneself derived; for Man is ever prone to seeking power greater than his own, and power's lust can cause a blindness darker than the night depriving all of liberty and life, depriving all of any happiness.
Nor should we be so quick to make demands of those with pockets deeper than our own. I have no right to ask that someone else give me the very shirt from off his back so diligently paid for with the sweat that dripping fell from off his furrowed brow.
I have no right to ask, nor to demand a single thing from anyone, except for that respect with which a human should regard his mate, his fellow human being.
Respect, not money, home, nor health, nor food, nor education dear, are yours for free, enslaving someone else to pay your bill. Your human rights do end precisely where the knot that binds my purse strings tightly starts.
But when the help is volunteered and free from forceful seizure by the well heeled state unburdening the yoke of human strife, one's own responsibility to bear, then human rights convert to human kind.