Samsø the center of the circle
By Søren Hermansen
If you make a circle that reaches from Skagen to Gedser and encircles Denmark, you will find that Samsø is right in the middle of the circle. We know this well on Samsø, but it comes as a surprise to most other Danes and especially to the Bornholm people who might feel a little outside?
Samsø, the island in the middle, is my island. I was born on Samsø and still live there. Samsø is an old island. People have lived for 10,000 years. Least!
When a very enterprising harbor officer a few years ago found out to deepen the natural harbor in Langør, things came up and things of the dude that really should have gone down there. The museum was not happy, but nonetheless, there was a damn up and a bank was made outside the pier. It was worth an excursion. It is always when someone has done something special. Especially if it was not entirely after the book. There were rumors that there were bits of Viking ships and we packed the car and went off to see it ourselves.
We went out on the pier and looked at the sand, which was now exposed for thousands of years without light. Here our ancestors had been eating and eating oysters. I saw a blunt of a gun sticking out of the mud and I lured my son to pick it up. A red deer that was cut with a tool of some sort. We haven’t had crustaceans since the last ice age!
A terne had built nest near and as a sign of coming back to the present, it attacked us. Seeing to get away from my nest, it seemed to say. It took off and flew so close that it could chop me in my gradually thin hair. An insignificant bird of a small size and yet got it off in a hurry. It was brave and cash in its message. Here I live and here I intend to stay.
In safety, we could see others get the same speed and now have fun with the surprise it was, also for the next victim.
Samsø is perhaps a small terne.
With surprising strength, the island shows that we can ourselves and that we want our place. And that we seem to gather ourselves in all the differences about the community being an island community. Since 1998, Samsø has been Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island. It’s been good! We have achieved much more than we dared hope for, and together with a lot of other initiatives, we have created an atmosphere that suggests that we would like to stay here and which the checkers look after our place. We like to hack in bald ice if they come too close and think we are an outskirts that are in danger of extinction.
Although we are very different on Samsø, we have a strong community. Not a permanent community, but a sense of community we can find when needed. We have a pragmatic relationship with the community. It is there when we, as individuals, need more people to carry out the task.
In other words, with different reasons to participate, we can in other words have a common goal without agreeing otherwise. In fact, on the contrary. There are as many opinions as there are people, it is said. And yet we have jointly invested in energy plants that make us almost independent of imported energy.
Our self-understanding grows and we are proud when the former Japanese prime minister comes by to see for himself what the famous island is about to do. it and takes a picture home to tell about Samsø and the gatherings that he met on his journey. We know it ourselves, but it is extra good to know that others also think we are something special!