Who was the first person to write about Jante Law?
The Jante Law 1. Du skal ikke tro at du *er* noe. Thou shalt not presume that thou art anyone [important]. 2. Du skal ikke tro at du er like saa meget som *oss*. Thou shalt not presume that thou art as good as us. 3. Du skal ikke tro at du er klokere en *oss*. Thou shalt not presume that thou art any wiser than us. 4. Du skal ikke innbille deg du er bedre enn *oss*. Thou shalt never indulge in the conceit of imagining that thou art better than us. 5. Du skal ikke tro du vet mere enn *oss*. Thou shalt not presume that thou art ...more
Jante Law is basically an unwritten and strict code of conduct regulating all fields of life and guaranteeing not one individual will rise above the rest, under the threat of all sorts of social sanctions, common disapproval and so on. These hierarchies and "pecking orders" will take care that only those members who will agree to play along the rules will subsist, and those diverting from the path will be cast aside. Jante Law is considered especially a Scandinavian phenomenon, distinctive of relatively tiny, close-knit societies of "small village mentality", but also Australia, New Zealand and Canada are said to have something similar, called "Tall Poppy Syndrome".
Lately Jante Law came up in Finnish ...more
it goes like this:
Don't think that you are special.
Don't think that you are of the same standing as us.
Don't think that you are smarter than us.
Don't fancy yourself as being better than us.
Don't think that you know more than us.
Don't think that you are more important than us.
Don't think that you are good at anything. ...more