Thought experiments in Stockholm

Somewhere in Sodermalm on the south banks of Stockholm.

Only 4pm and already light, shape, details of the landscape – all gone. That’s the Nordic evening, coming in like a wave.

But in Stockholm darkness reveals another kind of light, equally as important.

The lights in people’s homes are glowing brilliant white. As I walk the small quietness of the streets I see them all because most windows are uncovered. No shades, no blinds, no curtains.

Glowing stars and snowflakes float suspended from ceilings.

Candle shaped lamps in menorah-like holders peering through the glass from windowsills.

Carefully arranged Christmas lights along small balcony railings.

They decorate the darkness and it becomes beautiful, like an ornament.

I think, maybe, that is the point…

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