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Different people can give different definitions and this section here describes only my (Martin Vahi) 2019_11 version of the definition of an Estonian.
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Different people can give different definitions and this section here describes only my (Martin Vahi) 2019_11 version of the definition of an Estonian. Nazis may look for some genetic explanation, but as of 2019_11 I like the idea that the region called Estonia has been invaded or just been at the crossroads of so many different people around Europe, at the wider utilization of airplanes around the planet Earth, that any kind of genetic explanation can only be correlational, not inference based. Just like an American can be very many different kinds of people, be it the native Americans, African Americans, offspring of white Boston slave traders, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, offspring of Irish immigrants, offspring of Italian immigrants, etc. an Estonian, according to my definition, can also be many different kinds of people: native Estonians, Estonian Russians, Võro people, etc. However, according to my definition an Estonian, '''an Estonian differs from a permanent Estonian resident by the fact that an Estonian is able to speak the Estonian language and, even if self being sloppy, at least understands, what the ideal of a proper way to do its job looks like in Estonian culture and how conflicts are resolved without resorting to physical violence or jelling.''' That's the bare minimum. Extra points are gained by knowing the meanings of, "Mõisast varastamine pole patt.", "Mõisa köis las lohiseb.", "9 korda mõõda, 1 kord lõika.", "Targem annab järele.", "Kes teisele auku kaevab, see ise sinna kukub.", "Pill tuleb pika ilu peale."

Latest revision as of 23:31, 10 November 2019

Philosophy : Culture


Different people can give different definitions and this section here describes only my (Martin Vahi) 2019_11 version of the definition of an Estonian. Nazis may look for some genetic explanation, but as of 2019_11 I like the idea that the region called Estonia has been invaded or just been at the crossroads of so many different people around Europe, at the wider utilization of airplanes around the planet Earth, that any kind of genetic explanation can only be correlational, not inference based. Just like an American can be very many different kinds of people, be it the native Americans, African Americans, offspring of white Boston slave traders, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, offspring of Irish immigrants, offspring of Italian immigrants, etc. an Estonian, according to my definition, can also be many different kinds of people: native Estonians, Estonian Russians, Võro people, etc. However, according to my definition an Estonian, an Estonian differs from a permanent Estonian resident by the fact that an Estonian is able to speak the Estonian language and, even if self being sloppy, at least understands, what the ideal of a proper way to do its job looks like in Estonian culture and how conflicts are resolved without resorting to physical violence or jelling. That's the bare minimum. Extra points are gained by knowing the meanings of, "Mõisast varastamine pole patt.", "Mõisa köis las lohiseb.", "9 korda mõõda, 1 kord lõika.", "Targem annab järele.", "Kes teisele auku kaevab, see ise sinna kukub.", "Pill tuleb pika ilu peale."