‘þetta reddast’, (pronounced thet-ta red-ust)
" everything will work out all right in the end."
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This full article was originally published on June 4, 2018, by BBC Travel
* This is a particle reproduction of said article! " ** I have personally been to Iceland - it is a beautiful clean country!
The Unexpected Philosophy Icelanders Live By
If Iceland were to have a national slogan,
it would be ‘þetta reddast’, (pronounced thet-ta red-ust)
which roughly translates to the idea that " everything will work out all right in the end."
** The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days, recounts some of these hardships: the long winters; extreme poverty; indentured servitude. There were volcanic eruptions, like the 1783 Laki an eruption that killed 20 percent of the 50,000-strong population, as well as 80 percent of its sheep, which were a vital food source in a country with little agriculture. There were storms that swept in and sank the open rowboats used for fishing, wiping out much of the male populations of entire towns. Things were so bad that even up through the 18th Century, 30 percent of babies died before they turned one.
Just 45 years ago, the Eldfell volcano exploded on the small island of Heimaey, spewing millions of tons of ash, engulfing 400 buildings and forcing the evacuation of all 5,000 people who lived there. And just 23 years ago, a massive avalanche decimated the town of Flateyri in the Westfjords, burying more than a dozen homes and killing 20 of the town’s 300 residents.
Maybe it makes sense, then, that in a place where people were – and still are – so often at the mercy of the weather, the land and the island’s unique geological forces, they’ve learned to give up control, leave things to fate and hope for the best. For these stoic and even-tempered Icelanders, þetta reddast is less a starry-eyed refusal to deal with problems and more an admission that sometimes you must make the best of the hand you’ve been dealt.
The phrase begins to be a little more understandable when you find out that the first Icelanders weren’t marauding Vikings who bravely sailed across the ocean in search of new lands to raid and tribes to wage war upon. Rather, they were mostly Norwegian farmers and peasants fleeing slavery and death at the hands of King Harald Finehair in the 9th Century. They so feared his wrath that they risked the 1,500km journey across the rough North Atlantic seas in small open-hulled boats. It’s hard to imagine those early settlers making the journey – one undertaken with no maps or navigational tools – without a little bit of blind hope.
“We couldn’t live in this environment without a certain level of conviction that things will work out somehow, hard as they seem in the moment,” Ösp said. “Þedda redast represents a certain optimism that Icelanders have and this carefree attitude that borders on recklessness. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, but we don’t let that stop us from trying.”
With the conditions we live under, we’re often forced to make the impossible possible
Even on a day without disasters, Iceland is beholden to the forces of nature. The island moves and breathes in a way few others do; fumaroles exhale steam; hot springs gurgle; geysers belch and bubble; waterfalls thunder. The country sits on the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and those plates are slowly moving apart, widening Iceland by about 3cm per year and causing an average of 500 small earthquakes every week.
Iceland is beholden to the forces of nature
The country’s weather is just as volatile and formidable. Windstorms can reach hurricane force, strong storms can sweep in even in summer, and, on the darkest winter days, the sun shines for just four hours.
When you come to realize that slogans represent the feelings or ambitions of certain groups of people - it becomes a statement of faith and fact!
Many people never look at a positive outlook or solution to many of their problems in life! Yet if you stop and look at all things that occur in our existence here upon the earth - under the right conditions a positive resolution or solution is possible!
This is the message and idea of the Icelandic Moto is a representative statement of all most of us want to believe - that by living the Commandment of Love your Neighbor - is an eternal principle in the world!
OK now maybe you will stop saying " you just do not know the problems I have seen! "- Because it's your effort and Faith that will bring you through!
This article was originally published on June 4, 2018, by BBC Travel, and is republished here with permission.
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