I was sitting on the Stockholm subway the other day, on my way to watch bunny hopping with NK, I think, and I noticed that the subway cars are decorated in blue and yellow.
As in the colors of the Swedish flag. Blue seats, yellow poles.
The effect is rather charming, actually. But then I thought about how I would react to a New York City subway car done up in red, white and blue.
I would be disgusted. Overdoing it. Ugly nationalism. I mostly blame the recent Republicans for taking a wonderful flag and turning it – and the country it represents – into an often unpleasant symbol, especially when abroad.
But still. Are the Stockholm subway cars not overdoing it? I see more Swedish flags flying in the summer in Sweden than American ones in America. Why am I not more turned off by this? For I am turned off a littlle, actually.
Because Sweden is not a superpower. It simply comes down to that.