SPECIAL EDITION! PAY ATTENTION - An Editorial - The Reykjavik Grapevine

SPECIAL EDITION! PAY ATTENTION – An Editorial

SPECIAL EDITION! PAY ATTENTION – An Editorial


Published September 11, 2015

Hi. I’m Haukur. I edit a tourist magazine for a living. It’s a fun magazine; it’s informative for tourists, and it has comix. I also like to tell myself that we have on occasion managed to be a force for good, mostly through promoting open discourse and providing a venue for voices that might otherwise go unheard.

Anyway, magazine editors are mostly useless in the greater scheme of things. Nobody cares what they have to say. So I’m going to stop saying things, and cede this space to an actual person of value, who does important, selfless work of the sort that actively benefits us humans. Look!

Ragnar ThorvardarsonThe Helping Hand Of The Petite Bourgeoisie
After last week, I am convinced that small actions can create a great impact. On a Sunday afternoon near the end of August, I saw that an old friend had set up a small event on Facebook. She was encouraging people to pressure the government into accepting a higher number of refugees from Syria, in reaction to the increased numbers of refugees and asylum seekers risking their lives to get to safety in Europe. In the week that followed, offers to assist refugees in need have poured in, and the government formed a Ministerial Committee to review the numbers of people Iceland will accept.

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