I found an old book from the 50’s that my father got from his home municipality when he turned 21 , which back then were today’s 18 when you get full civil rights and obligations.
Jag hittade en gammal bok som alla som nådde myndighetsåldern 21 på femtiotalet fick av sina hemkommuner. Jag tycker förordet berättar om hur stora förväntningar man hade på ungdomen på den tiden och hur högt vi skattade demokratins viktiga grundpelare.
First page -första sidan
The book is a proof of the reaching full civil rights and obligations.
The Swedish king back then.
The Swedish Prime minister back then.
The Swedish text says this:
“The CITIZENS ‘BOOK is intended as government gift from the home municipality to the young citizens when they reach the twenty-year limit and acquired full civil rights and obligations. It wants to remind you that there is something strange and memorable that happens in the life of a young person when she takes over all responsibility for her actions and is empowered to make her contribution to society on an equal footing with all other adult citizens.
For the first editions of the citizen’s book, Prime Minister Tage Erlander had written a preface, in which he b. a. emphasized that >> the content of democracy is entirely dependent on what citizens make it to >>. He continued: >> Freedom in democratic terms is not a formality, something gained through constitutional amendments. It is part of the arduous and purposeful community building. Citizens’ freedom depends on their willingness and ability to enter into social responsibility, to send themselves to manage and finance, to make their own and future generations conceal our entire rich cultural heritage. A formal freedom, which would mean an administrative setting and a cultural impoverishment, would not be worth its name. But a leading freedom, the cage and shared by an entire people and daylight in active interest in public affairs, it is the essence of democracy.
The citizens’ book aims to stimulate such an interest in the Swedish Swedish youth. Its promoter and author congratulations to his company, which I hope to be truly received and appreciated and so earn a higher purpose. >>
It is with pleasure that the Swedish Association of Swedish Communces finds that the book, which has experienced four editions for six years, apparently broke through, and we wish to express the hope that the present edition, which implies significant changes in terms of content and typographical design, further shall help to deepen and strengthen the spirit of our country.
Riksdag, ordf. in the Swedish Association of Local Authorities”
And a beautiful piece of photo from Sweden 🙂
I will continue to read this book that I find very interesting.
For thise of you who reqd my post yesterday – I regained my energy and that feels good.
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius…then peace will guide the planets…
Have a fantastic day!