Psychological Carachteristics and Environment
The corridor of a densly forested, shadowy belt of dark woods, thousands of lakes and inaccessible mountain peaks can be found from Canada, Northern USA, the immensity of northern Russia to the inlands of Finland, Sweden, Norway and to Scotland. It is a complex habitat with a vast richness of delicate flora and fauna, often almost void of daylight in seemingly endless wintermonths in sharp contrast to the extremely bright and lengthy daylight (the Midnight Sun) in the short summer months when everything comes alive only to be exhausted by the round the clock living in order to compensate for the pitch darkness of mood affecting winters.
The absence of serotonin and noradrenalin generating stimuli of light, the shortage of vitamine D, and the slowing down of the neurogenesis seemingly breed a melancholic, sometimes antisocial, inwardly brooding and introspective individual human being, living in a close symbiosis with Mother Nature, comfortable with and solid in the close contacts with the somtimes overpowering wilderness with the result of an interdependency and deeply felt emotional bond with everything alive in these dire circumstances since generations.
Like the native American indian we do not take the killing of a wild animal lightly. We are cautious not to overexploit the fauna and the flora, where we all, whether living on the fertile soils of rural Skåne or in the Artic North of Lappland, find ourselves best at ease, often in single households or small clusters adapted to a demanding ecosystem which may allow us to survive or break us. We are indoctrinated or brought up to regard nature as something comparable to religion, accompanied by...