We saw the most shocking scenes so far in an embarrassing US election campaign last week when supporters of the scandalized president took over parliament and a half-naked man with horns and fur on his head walked on the podium and proclaimed Donald Trump the winner of the election.
But even though the election campaign has been a disgrace to everyone, we should still learn something from it. For the election showed that the population divide we have been talking about for decades in the United States is becoming increasingly pronounced.
There are many reasons for the split. It is country against city. It is the unskilled against the well-educated. The poor against the rich. Others believe it is social media and globalization that have created and increased division.
We must avoid a similar division at all costs in Denmark. And so do we.
We have a strong community culture where we perceive each other as an indispensable part of a community. We go to primary school where social strata are mixed, we get married across income groups, education, background and religion, and in our companies we have a flat management culture where all strata are valued and we are aware that we only succeed if everyone right from the cleaning lady and the chairman of the board pulls in the same direction.
That’s how it should continue to be.
The corona will strengthen the outer areas
It is therefore essential that we ensure that our children play with children from other walks of life, skin colors and religions. And among the youth, there must be room for those who would rather learn as a blacksmith or hairdresser rather than chase the student hat and fine academic titles at the country’s universities.
Coherence must also be maintained geographically. Again and again Mette Frederiksen says that Denmark is too small a country for big differences. She is right.
No matter where you live in Denmark, it is less than 50 kilometers to an educational institution. This is good because it enables settlement throughout the country. And the corona crisis will open up more opportunities for the outlying areas, I predict. The crisis has shown us that you do not have to spend hours on the train or in the commuter queue to get to work, but that you can handle many tasks from the home office.
We can benefit greatly from being the world’s most digitized nation.
It has certainly opened the eyes of many resourceful families who choose to leave the city center in favor of cheaper housing close to nature and strong local environments.
Across companies, it will be possible to create office communities and home workplaces in the local area. We will continue to cherish our common school, sports activities and association life, where we meet across our differences. All this combined with our ancient community culture provides unique conditions for a homogeneous country where there is space and living space for everyone.
André Rogaczewski is CEO of Netcompany, chairman of DI Digital and chairman of the Technology Pact Council
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