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Sisu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sisu is a Finnish word that cannot be translated properly into the English language, loosely translated to mean stoic determination, bravery, guts, resilience,[1][2] perseverance and hardiness,[3][4] expressing the historic self-identified Finnish national character.

Sisu is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is Sisu. It is similar to equanimity, with the addition of a grim quality of stress management. The pertaining adjective is sisukas, "having the quality of Sisu".

"Having guts" is a fairly literal translation, as the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. One closely related concept to Sisu is grit; which shares some of its denoting elements with Sisu, save for 'stress management' and passion for a long-term goal. Sisu may have an element of passion but it is not always present,[5] unlike in the case of grit as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth.[6]
sisu  grit  untranslatable  resilience  finland  stress  durational  language  time 
november 2015 by quarry
Venice Biennale - Frame Finland
Finland is seeking project proposals that examine independence as something formed through complex processes of dependence – ranging from natural resources and labour, language and religion to geopolitics, international commerce and law. The logic of exclusion, forgetting and silencing, is also to be recognised as foundational in the construction of national identity.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence in 2017, we face an urgent need to reflect on how this is enfolded within the many histories as well as possible futures in a global realm ravaged today by many simultaneous, intertwined crises. The Pavilion of Finland, located in the Giardini in Venice, offers an acute critical context for this reflection.
finland  venicebiennale  independence  dependence  globalism  crisis  forgetting  extrastatecraft  sisu  art  artworld 
november 2015 by quarry

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