Evelin's 2017 pictures

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Evelin basically dislikes taking pictures or posing for pictures, however, has been persuaded by the HumanDHS network members, particularly by Judit Révèsz, that she should make an effort. The reason is that pictures offer an easily accessible way to document her work, in the spirit of what now has become known as "blog." These pictures are thus meant to share Evelin's efforts and whereabouts with the HumanDHS network (many photos are made by accidental bypassers, she kindly asked to take a picture). Evelin is willing to make an effort not least to honor Judit Révèsz, who kindly gave her a camera as her gift.

A note with regard to the permission to upload pictures with people other than Evelin:
We only upload pictures on the HumanDHS website for which we have received permission. During our conferences, for example, we always ask for permission.
This page serves as a preliminary showroom. It is only linked to the main web site and accessible to the public when no permission is pending. By using this page as a preliminary showroom, the person who has been asked for permission can form a comprehensive impression of what he or she is giving permission for. We have received legal advice that this procedure provides the most comprehensive information on which to base a permission.
Everybody who is depicted on this picture page, please let us know if you have changed your mind and no longer wish to have your picture included on these pages. Then we will remove your picture as soon as we can. Thank you for your kind understanding!

The year starts at the bottom of this page and the most recent pictures are at the top.

It feels ages ago that I was on MS Fantasy the last time! Here I am, from Oslo to Kiel, on 29-30th March 2017. My first experiences with Color Line connecting Oslo and Kiel, back in 1994, were so different, not to speak of the time when Even and I took the ferry to and from Larvik from 1978 to 1984! Now the Color Line ships are no longer ferries, they are luxurious and expensive cruise ships (I got the last inexpensive ticket for a day before the prices rise for the season). And they committ all the crimes we as humankind perpetrate at this historical juncture: inviting people into frantically overusing our planet's resources ("shopping"), and keeping people entertained while the Titanic sinks (pun intended) by way of bread and circuses (so-called "shows," now with impressive digital effects, rushing through their programme as if the devil were chasing them...)
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What a privilege and honour it was to be together with Aase Myrtveit and Bernt Hagtvet on 24th March 2017! Thank you so much, dear Aase, for inviting us! And for you brilliant questions! And thank you, dear Bernt, for your brilliant answers!
Hva et privilegium og ære det var for meg å være sammen med Aase Myrtveit og Bernt Hagtvet på 24. mars 2017 og lære av dem! Tusen takk, kjære Aase, for at du inviterte meg! Og for dine strålende spørsmål! Og takk, kjære Bernt, for dine fantastisk flotte svar!

• Ydmykelse - følelsens atombombe, NRK P2, verdibørsen, opptak 24. mars, sendt den 28. mars 2017
• ...hva gjør ydmykelsen så farlig? ...sammenhengen mellom terror og ydmykelse ...terror handler ikke bare om ydmykelse, mens også heltemot og ære: hvordan? ...hva med politikken og ideologienes rolle? ...følelser i politikken; DE føler seg ydmyket, mens VI er redde? (hva gjør denne redselen med oss?) ...hvor viktig er følelser i politikken ...fører globalisering til mer konflikt? ...om å vende seg vekk fra den globale landsbyen ...hvorfor ikke vende seg vekk?

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Dearest Fanny Duckert! I am so touched by all the gifts you give me! Thank you so much for having me in your lovely home on 23rd March 2017!
I am so glad that you take your responsibility seriously, namely, to be an influential Elder now! The world so much needs the wisdom and insights of Elders like YOU!
On behalf of humankind and of our planet, let me thank you for your crucially important sense of responsibility and service!
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Det var en stor ære å bli invitert til å holde foredrag på Litteraturhuset i Oslo av Oslo Human-Etisk Forbund, Oslo og Akershus fylkeslag, den 22. mars 2017! Se invitasjon. En stor takk til dere, kjære Inger Marie Helle og Moa Myklebust!

Åpent temamøte: Om ydmykelse
Takk til Lasse Moer for å gjøre videoopptaket!

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Tusen takk, kjære Heidetraut von Weltzien for de fine bildene du tok!

On 13th March 2017, it was a great privilege to be invited by Inga Bostad to talk about 'Honour, Humiliation, and Terror' at the Monday lunch / Mandagslunsj at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights / Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter, University of Oslo, Cort Adelers gate 30, 0162 Oslo, Norway, Seminarrom Asbjørn Eide, see the announcement of this talk.
Thank you to Zuzana Luckay for coming all the way from Slovakia! And what an honour to have Nils Butenschøn with us, together with Trine Eklund, Lisbeth and Per Glad, Barbro Bakken, and Inga's dear friend Annette!
Thanks a lot also to Lisbeth and Barbro for taking such lovely photos, and to Zuzana for doing the video recording!

• Honour, Humiliation, and Terror

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Dearest Trine Eklund! You have no idea how thankful I am to you for opening your Dignity Home for me in February and March 2017, and for letting me share your home with you! How can I ever thank you enough for including me so lovingly in your amazing circle friends, all pioneers for peace! Every day, you teach me new insights, and I grow into better understanding the shoulders on which I stand! Through you, it is as if my life-time is prolonged back into the past, I learn to deeply understand how it felt to work for peace, for example, during the Cold War, or even further back in time, the dilemmas that Norway faced when being attacked by Nazi Germany... (see, for instance, the 2016 film The King's Choice)
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Dearest Trine Eklund! How can we ever thank you enough for opening your home for all of us for a wonderful lunch on 12th March 2017! You opened your home for Lisbeth and Per Glad, Gerdelin Bodvin, and Zuzana Luckay who came all the way from Slovakia to be with us!
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Dearest Ragnhild Nilsen! Congratulations! Congratulations with so many wonderful achievements! Most importantly, with a new chapter in your life, a chapter that is crucially important also for Norway as a country, and far beyond Norway!
6th March 2017 was a great day!
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On 2nd March 2017, it was lovely to meet Sima Barmania!
Sima Barmania is a British Muslim medical doctor from London, with an intercalated BMedsci and a Masters in Public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD from Malaysia looking at HIV, interfaith and religion from a public health perspective.
Sima is in the process of setting up a peace education initiative for primary school aged children to help them understand different religions, cultures and ethnicities, and reverse the dehumaniSation process.
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On 2nd March 2017, what a wonderful gift to have dear Beth Maina with us, meeting her in person for the first time, after so many emails!
Beth Maina is of Kenyan origin, a holder of PhD in sociology, and Professor of International Health at the Unit of International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Our deep gratitude goes to you, dear Catherine Odora Hoppers (see us in May 2013 on the right picture!), for connecting us three in such a wonderful shared sense of loving Ubuntu!
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Evelin's bilder
Esben Østbye's bilder

Thank you for your wonderful gift of a picture of a fern-hand, dear Esben!

On 2nd March 2017, 12.15-14.00, everybody was welcome to 'Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation: The Case of Rwanda', Evelin's lecture at the Department of Psychology, Harald Schjelderups hus, Forskningsveien 3, Oslo, Norway, auditorium 2. It is a privilege to be part of PSY4506 – Human Rights, Democracy and Reconstruction after Conflict; A community based approach, with Nora Sveaass and Inger Skjelsbæk. See the announcement of the talk.
It was a great honour to welcome not only the wonderful students, but also so many amazing intellectual pioneers and pillars of the Norwegian peace movement! And thank you so much, dear Beth Maina, for coming all the way from Uppsala to bring the message of Ubuntu to us all! And thank you also to you, dear Sima and Nooshin, for coming all the way from London with your peace work!
This lecture is also part of an annual series hosted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway (until 2014 in the context of PSYC3203 – Anvendt sosialpsykologi, in 2015 as guest lecture; see the video site of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Oslo). In June 2015, the 25th Annual Dignity Conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

• Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation, 2nd March 2017
Thanks a lot also to Alan Serhan for wonderful support
See also a short video clip by Esben Østbye

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Please see Mai-Bente Bonnevie and her wonderful new book Magma!
Omtale: Mai-Bente Bonnevie er kjent som kunstner, feminist og fredsaktivist. Denne boken er vakkert illustrert med hennes kunst. Forfatterne Gunnar Danbolt og Paula Fure setter henne inn i en nasjonal og internasjonal kunsthistorisk kontekst. Mai-Bente Bonnevie skriver selv om sin angst og veien frem til det å bli kunstner. En vakker bok som vil glede mange og være til hjelp for mennesker som har opplevd angst som følge av vonde opplevelser i barndommen.
English translation by Lindner:
Book description: May-Bente Bonnevie is known as an artist, feminist and peace activist. This book is beautifully illustrated with her art. The authors Gunnar Danbolt and Paula Fure place her work into a national and international context of art history. May-Bente Bonnevie writes about her anxiety and the way forward to becoming an artist. A beautiful book that will delight many and be of help to people who have experienced anxiety as a result of painful experiences during childhood.
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Øivind Hoff

On 28th February 2017, what a wonderful first meeting it was with dear Anne Lene Hompland! Thank you so much, dear Anne Lene for deep sharing, and CONGRATULATIONS with your crucially important peace work!
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On 24rd February 2017, what an honour it was to be together with eminent philosopher Inga Bostad, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights / Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter!
Inga’s visionary leadership and extraordinary efforts are an inspiration to every aspect of HumanDHS work in the world. Her life is a testimony for the power of dignity and peace. Inga Bostad embodies the indomitable courage, conviction, and spirit of Bertha von Suttner, the first women to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Dear Inga! The world needs you now more than ever! YOU are our dignity hero! YOU are our model of the leadership we need to see, today and far into the future! How proud Norway can be, how proud can the University of Oslo be, to have people like YOU!
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Øivind Hoff

On 23rd February 2017, it was a great privilege for Egil Bergh-Telle and Evelin Lindner to honour Øivind Hoff for his extraordinary contributions to the global dignity work with his wonderful wide expertise in information technology!
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In March 2017, our dear Jingyi Dong very kindly created a seal for our World Dignity University.
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Please meet Jingyi Dong! Please see her Preface to the Chinese Translation of the book Making Enemies.
In March 2017, our dear Jingyi very kindly created a seal for E-lin Lin.
Since the family name goes first in Chinese names, it sounds: Lin E-lin, that is: 林艾霖

林 means woods, as one can see, it is composed of two trees.

艾 has multiple meanings. It may mean beautiful. It also refers to a grass called artemisia (Artemisia argyi H. Lév. & Vaniot). As one can see, the upper part of the word looks like a grass. It is a vegetation that may be used in medical treatment. Treatment with artemisia is a good care for elderly people. Therefore, the word means senior, or good care.

霖 means rain that lasts for more than three days. As you can see, it is composed of 雨 and 林. Rain is of course good for woods. So, this long rain is not the kind that will lead to flood, but will promote the growth of life. So this word is often used together with “sweet”, that is, at a time of drought, when you suddenly have rain, you call it a “sweet rain”, and you will use the word霖.

Evelin Lindner altogether has more than three syllables. When pronouced in Chinese, we may use six characters, like this: Lin-de-na E-ve-lin.

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Ink Orchid by an artist named Shi Tao

Please meet Jingyi Dong! Please see her Preface to the Chinese Translation of the book Making Enemies. Please see also her video 女侠林艾霖 "The Story of Evelin Lindner: Evelin the Knight,” made in May 2017 (video with English subtitles | Pdf of English subtitles).
In March 2017, our dear Jingyi decorated the photos that Tor Stenersen had taken in March 2016 with Chinese poems. She chose highly symbolic poems about orchids and chrysanthemum flowers.

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Zhang Jiuling, the author of this poem, was once a prime minister. He wrote the poem when he was excluded from the palace. The following is the English translation.
Orchid and Sinnamon
by Zhang Jiuling (678 – 740):
Tender orchid-leaves in spring
And cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn
Are as self-contained as life is,
Which conforms them to the seasons.
Yet why will you think that a forest-hermit,
Allured by sweet winds and contented with beauty,
Would no more ask to-be transplanted Than Would any other natural flower?

The following is Jingyi's interpretation: Tender orchid-leaves in spring, and cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn, their rich lives respectively make their own seasons sweet. Can anyone understand the forest-hermit who is allured by the fragrance of the flowers and contented with the beauty of the flowers? The beauty comes from the nature of the flowers, whether or not a beauty would pluck the flowers to wear them, the flowers do not care, since a beauty could not add more beauty to the flowers.

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Poem written by a poet named Qu Yuan (343 – 278 BCE),
the first poet in Chinese history (before him, all poems were anonymous):
The way ahead is long;
I see no ending,
yet high and low I’ll search with my will unbending.

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The Song of the Orchid
by Confusius
(English translation unavailable)
Orchid plants bloom in the cold season and send out an elegant fragrance. They therefore symbolize a noble and pure character. But they have to suffer loneliness, because when they bloom, other flowers are gone.
Confucius' life was divided into two periods: During the first stage, he spoke about peace to the political elites. In the second stage, he was disappointed with the elites and turned to the population at large. This poem was written between the two periods. When Confucius finally turned to the wider populace, empowering talented youths from the underclass, his ideals were widely received and he had 3000 followers.

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Han Yu was a famous essay writer and politician and he wrote “The Song of the Orchid” using Confucius’ format. By his time, Confucianism already had become the orthodox view in China. For some time, Han Yu was excluded from the palace. In comparison with the original poem written by Confucius, we may sense some arrogance in Han Yu's poem. The following is the English version:
The Song of the Orchid
by Han Yu (768 – 824):
The orchid is flourishing, its fragrance spreads.
If no one plucks one to wear it, how could that harm the orchid!
My coming back today, who caused it?
I have been traveling everywhere, for years on end.
The luxuriance of the frost and snow (will bring) luxuriant crops (in spring)
If you are not sad I will not come to see you.
Luxuriant crops (mean) a good harvest
Although a gentleman may be sad, he keeps proper conduct.

Picture 4:
by Yuan Zhen (779 – 831)
Flowering shrubs all around as if at Tao’s home,
They cluster at the fences in the declining sun.
No other reason for my special love of chrysanthemum
Than that all the other flowers have now been done.

Chrysanthemum flowers bloom in the cold season of autumn. Because they are so proud in the cold, they symbolize the character of a gentleman. Tao was a hermit who was famous for his poem about chrysanthemum. He was once a prime minister, but later was excluded from the palace. He planted chrysanthemum plants around his house.

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Ink Orchid
by Shi Tao (1642 - 1708)
The poet was a fine artist. He used ink to draw orchids, and the poems were used to decorate his pictures. He was a descendant from the royal family. When the Central Land was conqued by the Manchu aristocratis, local men were forced to adopt Manchu hair style: shave hairs off the forehead and keep a pigtail at the back of the head; otherwise their heads would be cut off. The peot refused to adopt Manchu haire style and shove all his hair: he chose to become a monk.
The two poems may be interpreted as: In the cold season when all the flowers are gone, the orchid may see me painting with ink; the orchid then becomes less lonely, and this poem is supposed to be a companion to the orchid. Every leaf of the orchid demonstrates the strength of the orchid; its amazing bravery challenges the wind. My ink and my paiting in fact compose a portrait of my own character.
The artist used ink only, without any color, to paint the orchid, to highlight its elegance, its highly elevated taste above the secular world. Ink, which is used by the literati, symbolizes the elegance that is unique to intellectuals.

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Ink Orchid by an artist named Shi Tao

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On 2nd February 2017, it was an honour to be in Hamburg with my dear friend of more than 40 years, Ellen, and to walk through the Elbphilharmonie, which had opened very recently. Thank you so much, dear Ellen, for these lovely photos! On the photo on the right side, very faintly, you see the "old" landmark of Hamburg, der Michel, in the background on my left side. The Elbphilharmonie will be the new landmark of Hamburg from now on...
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