Thursday 40,000 (that’s right, 40,000) Norwegians showed up to sing in the square near the courtroom where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for murdering 77 people last year. Breivik cited the song, a Norwegian version of a song by Pete Seeger, as a (to his mind) dangerous sign of Norway’s increasing multi-culturalism.
The two women who called for the singing, Christine Bar and Lili Hjonnevag, used social media to invite people join in the song. The first day there were 4,000 people. The second day, ten times that number showed up.
Why do you think so many Norwegians came out on a rainy afternoon to sing, wave roses, and be together?
What is the effect of being a part of such an experience, both for the individuals participating, those of us observing, and on the nation as a whole?
What song would you like 40,000 of your fellow citizens to sing? Where would be sing it? And why?
Here is a link to the video: