Today the first major snow storm of the winter hit Stockholm. Roads were closed off, buses were cancelled, the tube was chaotic. During all this mayhem, I was reminded of an old realisation I had years ago.
Normally, I find snow in the city irritating. Your shoes get ruined, you slip and slide unelegantly around, your face gets battered, your hair gets mushed. In general, very irritating. But today, my perspective changed. As the snow tumbled down, I realised that snow is all about democracy.
No matter how ugly something is, when it is covered with snow it is beautiful.
No matter how dirty something is, when it is covered with snow, it is clean.
Now matter how shabby something is, when it is covered with snow, it gets a new, fresh start.
The snow kind of evens everything out.
Now if that’s not democratic, I don’t know what is.