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A Clash With the Law of Jante!

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The Law of Jante is one of those cultural peculiarities that could only come about in a place where the sun always shines, and the people yearn for Koselig. Originally derived from fiction, the laws of Jante have become the social norm for social modesty

Gather around for a tale of triumph and intrigue from the land of the midnight sun! Our protagonist, a brave lecturer and trainer of the mind-boggling arts of pitching and humour, journeyed to the Norwegian realms where the echoes of Viking legends still dance with the aurora borealis. Picture this: two universities, one nurturing the valiant game developers of the future, and the other crafting the maestros of television creativity.

Armed with the wisdom of The Psychology of Pitching, our hero wielded masterclasses to mould these budding talents, refining their skills in the mystical art of pitching. Ah, but the story doesn’t end there! A spark of rebellion against the age-old Law of Jante, a code that whispers, “Thou shalt not stand out, dare to be unique, or even chuckle heartily at oneself” was lit among these TV creatives.

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The Law of Jante is one of those cultural peculiarities that could only come about in a place where the sun always shines, and the people yearn for Koselig. Originally derived from fiction, the laws of Jante have become the social norm for social modesty. While the Law of Jante helps create a cohesive country that often ranks highest amongst the happiest in the world, it puts a bit of a stifle on individuality.

Now, why, you may ask, is this law an oddity in the realms of pitching and Humourology? Well, gather ’round, dear readers, and lend me your ears as we unravel this enigmatic tapestry!

Imagine this: you’re in the throes of pitching brilliance, concocting tales that could rival the sagas of Odin himself. Yet, the Law of Jante casts a shadow, whispering in your ear, “Thou shalt not think thyself better, smarter, or even laugh too loudly, for it disrupts the harmony of our cosy little societal cocoon.”

Pitching, my friends, is an act of unabashed individuality. It’s a performance where creativity pirouettes hand in hand with confidence. Now, if the Law of Jante had its way, every pitch would sound like a murmured agreement in a library—hardly the recipe for selling a blockbuster idea!

And let’s not forget Humourology! Oh, the sheer audacity of laughter, the art of finding mirth in life’s quirks and oddities. Humourology thrives on the uniqueness of human experience, revelling in the peculiarities that make us wonderfully, and beautifully different. Alas, the Law of Jante frowns upon such exuberance, decreeing, “Thou shalt not laugh too loudly, nor think thy jests hold any sway over us.”

But fear not, for rebellion brews in the hearts of the innovative! A few brave souls amongst the TV student creatives dared to challenge this age-old law, dreaming of a world where individuality reigns supreme. Imagine, a world where pitches soar on the wings of originality, and laughter echoes through the halls of conformity!

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The Law of Jante, born from satire, has woven itself into the very fabric of society. It beckons conformity, yet the realms of creativity and humour thrive on the brilliance of uniqueness. So, dear readers, as we bid adieu to this escapade in the Norwegian realms, let us ponder: can a society thrive without the individual spark that lights the fire of imagination and laughter?

Until next time, keep pitching boldly and laughing uproariously, for in your uniqueness lies the magic that shapes our world!

See you next Tuesday,

Warmest,

Paul x

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