Humanship

My name is Kristofer Schultz and I am the 37-year old husband of Sandra (35) and father of Eva Mona (7), Josef (4, soon to be 5) and Björn (1,5). I live in the small village of Älvsund in the historical region of Helsingia in the forested and sparsely populated northern part of Sweden.

I work weekdays as a Medical Doctor in Family Medicine, and spend the rest of my time working on the family farm, raising my family, wandering the forests around my home village, hunting, and working on my Land Rovers.

Since I was a child I have thought much about what life is all about, and the matter is still in my thoughts every day. How can one live a good life?

As of yet, I do not have a good answer to this question, and I probably never will have a full one, but I will not let that stop me from trying to understand more about the matter at hand.

My hypothesis is that one should strive to become a full human in order to live a good life, and therefore I have chosen to call my subject of study Humanship.

The concept of Humanship of course implies a vast area of study, and I am therefore hoping that you will be my travel companion in my endeavour into this territory. As a human, I can only truly know one of my kind, and that is myself. Therefore my blog posts will contain my thoughts and feelings, but you are welcome to share yours with me as well!

120 reaktioner till “Humanship

  1. What a lovely, warm feeling there is here. Thank you for the follow, and best of luck with the blog, and, well, everything else. I’m not worried about the pathfinding part, I’m sure you will keep finding paths that interest you.

  2. I am embarrassed to say that I’d never heard the word humanship before. I thought, perhaps, you’d made an error in translation. No, it is I, as an Anglophile, who was simply new to a beautiful concept.

    I look forward to following your insightful journey.

    Thank you for choosing to follow my blog, as it brought me here.

      1. Thank you very much for your comment and your friendly and encouraging words!

  3. Hi Kristofer. I too find your words welcoming and refreshing. It seems you are doing quite well on the path of self discovery and humanship. I love your about page too and look forward to learning, sharing and connecting more with you. Thanks for following my blog. blessings, Brad

    1. Thank you for your warm and encouraging comment Brad! Most welcome as a follower of my blog. Wonderful things happen when open-minded individuals share each others thoughts!

    1. Thank you for your welcoming words! And welcome as one of my few but much appreciated followers.

  4. Thank you for following my posts. Look forward to reading more of yours.
    Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. I am sure you are in the process of finding answers. There are plenty of questions!

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! There are more questions than answers, and I find that to be a good thing.

      1. ’we shall not cease in our exploration…’ Do you know T S Eliot’s ’Little Gidding’? The poem is all about the search!

      2. ”We shall not cease from exploration
        And the end of all our exploring
        Will be to arrive where we started
        And know the place for the first time
        Through the unknown, unremembered gate
        When the last of earth left to discover
        Is that which was the beginning;
        At the source of the longest river
        The voice of the hidden waterfall
        And the children in the apple-tree”
        I included the paragraph in full. They are very beautiful words, indeed, and capture the timelessness of our enquiries, and I am very grateful to you for introducing them to me.

    1. You’re welcome Peter! Thank you very much for your comment! I can not boast about having moved as far as you and your wife have, but it seems that you too have found your true home close to nature and people who are dear to you. It will be very interesting to read what you have written and what you will write!

      1. Hi Kristofer, I was looking for a follow button on your blog, but there was none. Please let me know when your blog is ready to take followers. Perhaps I am blind this morning.

      2. Dear Peter, it would bother me intensely if I lost a friendly follower and kindred spirit like you but for a follow-button! Therefore I have spent the evening trying to add one to my site with meager results. Not being a programmer at all, I even tried adding HTML code to a post to add a button, but this resulted in the presentation of eight follow-buttons in disarray in the centre of the page, the pushing of any of them resulting in me following a site that was not familiar to me at all. I have now given up these futile attempts and resigned into acceptance of the fact that I am lacking in any ability whatsoever to add a follow-button to my site. I would instead like to humbly ask you if you could try to scroll upwards to the very top of my page while being logged into wordpress. I have found that this most often results in a follow button appearing in the bottom right corner of the screen, which you can then push to follow. I sincerely hope that this will work, because I am already looking forward to our future exchanges, which will of course be aided much by our following of eachother respectively.

  5. Being a doctor, raising a family, wandering around the forests, and learning about life. What a wonderful life! Thank you for the follow!

    1. Thank you very much for your comment and for following my blog! Helsingia is the most beautiful region in the world, according to me, that is. I am very happy that I succeeded in conveying its beauty to you!

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! I understood from the pictures on your blog that you were a fellow northerner who knows the nature of snowy Winters! This year we have gotten about 1,5 meters of snow, and the fences around our sheep enclosure are yet to be seen. The thawing has however begun, and the sun and the longer days are doing good for both the snow-melting, and the spirits of the people, myself included.

      1. Yes – I do understand lots of snow. 🙂 We have been getting lots of sun especially now with the daylight lengthening, but despite some warmer days, it has been unusually cold. We’re still waiting for our big melt!

  6. And in understanding your own heart you will then understand others, and then the unconditional begins.
    Enjoy the journey Kristofer, it is a one of a kind, never before walked path into a wild forest 😀

    1. Thank you very much for your comment Mark! It is comforting to know that others have walked the path before me.

  7. Hi Kristofer, Thank you for the follow, and every best wish for your blog. I have warm memories of my several visits to Sweden, and of my very dear friend who lived there and would write frequently. I seem to have succeeded with the ”prenumerera” tab, so hopefully will receive an email each time you post. (Gwen from Australia)

    1. Thank you for your comment, Gwen! I am very happy to hear that you have been visiting in Sweden. My best friend Jakob married a girl from New Zeeland, and they lived in Melbourne together. Although at present living in Stockholm, they will likely move back soon, and my family and I are planning a visit to your enchanting part of the world within the next couple of years.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! I guess that snow is not in abundance where you’re at 😉 Varma hälsningar från Hälsingland!

  8. Dear Kristofer thank you very much for following me – clever of you to find the button! I have never really thought about why one is here. I have thought quite a lot about what one must do while one is here. My mother died when I was five. I have already had 25 years on this earth more than she did. I think it would be immoral not to make the most of them. Enjoy everything that makes you happy as long as it does not impinge on others’ happiness. There is an old farming adage – Live as though you will die tomorrow; farm as though you will live forever. One could go on……..!

    1. Dear Sue, thank you for commenting on my post! Thank you also for your words of wisdom.

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for your comment! Don’t be afraid to tell me more about you thoughts.

  9. Dear Kristofer,
    I predict that you have an mystical destiny and journey ahead of you; this post as well as your ’about’ page are written with humble and refreshing honesty.. while many people on this planet become more obsessed with material possessions (more more more) you and your family realize the importance of being closer to nature, of being attentive to the quality of your food, and spreading goodness and setting examples. For sure you combine your gifts for healing others come not only from formal studies, but also because you care about your fellow man.
    Thank you for reaching out and allowing us to be part of your circle.
    From Ecuador,
    Lisa

    1. Dear Lisa, thank you very much for your comment! One’s Destiny is always interesting food for thought! There is a remnant of a shamanic tradition on the Swedish countyside, with certain people, often women, having ’gifts’ mostly in the spiritual area. My good friend Anna-Karin, who keeps her horse at our stable is such a gifted woman, and we do from time to time have very interesting discussions. I expect that you see more of this in Ecuador? Thank you again for your comment, and for sharing from your interesting and inspirational life!

      1. Oh yes! Many people have a deep connection with ’pachamama’ while others – as they do round the world – seem to have lost all respect for her. I often witness the better side thru those who remain close to what some call pagan rites…i witnessed one of those rituals this past week which involved using three eggs for a ’reading’ to discover the cause of someone’s abdominal pain… it was fascinating, actually – though the third time i’ve witnessed that method. they use feathers and rose petals a lot too,but all have profound respect for our mother earth.

        you might enjoy this story about the solstice ritual:
        https://playamart.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/touch-the-sky/

  10. Thanks for following my post, Kristofer. Although I blog in my home language, Afrikaans, I am sure my photo’s and love for nature will be understood by you.
    I am looking forward to follow your blog journey of discovering a lot about yourself!

  11. Love it. Can’t wait to hear what you discover. I have found that nothing brings me greater joy than helping a stranger, while expecting nothing in return, despite being a rather selfish and lazy individual by nature.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! My next post is actually about neighbourly love, I hope you will see your self in it!

  12. Hello from Canada (currently on vacation in Mexico). Sweden! How lovely. We always read that Sweden is one of the best places to live in the world so I look forward to reading your blog and discovering what the secrets to a happy fulfilling life are. Humanship, what a nice word. I love it. Thank you for the follow, am looking forward to enjoying your blog.

  13. I believe we are here to be happy and joyful and love one another. Is that a picture from where you live? It’s stunningly beautiful!! Wishing you much enjoyment with your studies. 🙂

  14. Hi Kristofer, thanks for liking and following my blog. I am now following yours and am already interested and intrigued by the first post I have read. I am interested in following you on your journey.

  15. KRISTOFER—Self-discovery is important and useful up to a point–beyond which is pretty empty! i hope you will consider entities and forces outside yourself—family, neighbors, attitudes, the existence of a God—in your search for ”humanship,” as you’ve labeled it! I’m a servant of the Most High God and Jesus Christ his one and only son…but allow me to join you on your quest! 🙂

  16. Hi Kristofer,

    Your journey sounds like an intriguing one. Finding YOU is so much fun and I look forward to seeing what you discover along the way.

    Your family help grow you in your discovery on what a good life is.

    Thank you for following me.

    I very much look forward to following your journey.

    Cheers
    Beccie

  17. Kristofer, I very much look forward to joining you on your journey as you navigate through life in your beautiful part of the world. Welcome to the world of blogging 🙂

  18. How can one live a good life?
    Aristóteles: by sticking to what you love.
    Sêneca: by not letting yourself fall in despair in adverse conditions.
    Epicuro: by pushing pain away and seeking healthy amounts of pleasure.
    I like these three answers the most. There are others, but those are what attract me most.

    1. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and the wisdom of the old masters! These quotes are very valuable to me, thank you for sharing them with me.

  19. Kristofer, thanks for following my blog and I look forward to following yours. Something about the north and connecting with the land brings serene peace and tranquility. Cheers from north Vancouver Island.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! The picture is from Alvsund indeed as are most of the pictures on the blog.

      1. I guessed it true. It’s beautiful. And Sweden is one of the most beautiful places I have often been described as by my relatives who stay there.

  20. You’ve got quite a following already! The picture of your home is beautiful. My husband and I are planning a trip to Norway, Sweden and Denmark next summer. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! Scandinavia can be something quite special during the short but intensive summer. I hope you will have a great trip! Don’t forget the countrysides of our three beautiful countries, even though the capital cities are wonderful too. Maybe Helsingia could be of interest with its history of linnen production and beautiful farmhouses from the eighteenth century? If you do come to Helsingia, don’t forget to stop by for some coffee and cake at the home of my family and myself. You are welcome.

  21. Hi Kristofer, I like the name and concept of Humanship! Thank you for visiting my blog and the follow, it’s nice to connect with you! Take care, Jenny

  22. Beautiful photo and the kind of writing that appeals to me because I too believe that becoming fully human is the way through the looking glass – and once that door is opened – it is normal to feel interconnection – In my life it seems that animals and plants have taught me the most – there are so many roads – and each of us find the way that works for us, I think.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment, Sara! I am very grateful for you sharing your insights and wise words.

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