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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Being modern.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds I wouldn’t really know. Umm.

Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds That’s a difficult question.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds I think of progress. For me, it’s linked to technology. Keeping up with time and with the development in different countries. Being open to everything that’s new and could be enriching. Always want to develop new things, I guess. Improvement. It means development of the state, but also unbounding from tradition and roots . It means to do anything for our country to develop and for things to be better.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds For me it is a break away from tradition. It is to examine the present in relation to the past. That is how I see it. Being modern shouldn’t mean losing track of older values and norms.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds Like an era, historical era. Discovering more. That also sometimes I think leads to insecurity. I would say that’s a progress which has been going on. I think of the modernist period. That the Western world tries to modernise other countries, which - Well, it’s doubtful if that’s the right thing to do. Yeah, I think being modern means looking in the future and looking ahead. Um.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 seconds Also, humanist, the humanistic project. Human rights, maybe even. Easy travelling, I guess. Travelling, making friends all over the world. Peace.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds It’s a really hard question. A mindset for me. Possibilities of the individual. Having a really open mind. For me, being modern is being open-minded. Caring for the world, understanding what’s going on. I think it’s a lot about being aware of the rest of the world, as well. Maybe a bit ahead of mainstream. A mixed blessing. Europe, for example, gave us modernity. Europe, and especially European Union, can give to all of us. And being aware of that what you consider being modern is not something that’s universally modern. Honestly, I think of kind of a theoretical kind of approach that’s very academic.

Vox populi: what is modernity?

For our second vox populi video, we interviewed people on the streets of Göttingen, Groningen, Krakow and Uppsala and asked them the question: what is modernity? What does it mean to be modern? Here’s what they answered.

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