“It’s one year since the shooting at Utøya & the bomb in Oslo. Here’s a picture of the Norwegian people after the attack.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 22, 2012
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“the city Oslo was PACKED full of people. So many people showed up that we couldnt even march like intended – we would just be going into each other like when you play snake and you reach that level where the only thing you can do is crash in yourself. So many people. So much love. I love my country.”


“Much respect to the people of Norway for refusing to let this act of terror change the way they live together, even though it clearly has taken its toll on the nation. Much respect to them for not letting fear get to them. For not letting that guy destroy the valuable, free-thinking, tolerant and democratic society they have built together. Many other nations, including my own (I’m German), have reacted to terroristic action in much less graceful, much weaker, much more regrettable ways, letting fear guide their actions, or hatred, or, worst of all, both. The way Norway reacted to this abysmal deed restored my faith in humanity. It reminded me that even in the face of the worst, we get to choose. And it is up to us to choose to be great: to remain civilised. To remain human.”

For more. And, via GQ.

For more: “How the Norwegians Reacted to Terrorism: ‘The Norwegian response to violence is more democracy, more openness and greater political participation,’ said the prime minister.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to ““It’s one year since the shooting at Utøya & the bomb in Oslo. Here’s a picture of the Norwegian people after the attack.””

  1. […] too, we must learn from our tragedies. We must not learn hate: we must not learn trauma. We must learn how to protect. We must learn how to let go. We must learn to keep our hearts open, […]

  2. realtortracy says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for posting this beautiful example of love and unity and hope in the face of tragedy.