There’s a most interesting interview in Saturday’s Guardian with Swedish actor Svante Thunberg. Svante’s wife is a well-known opera singer, so Svante decided to stay at home to look after their two daughters while his wife pursued her international career. Unfortunately the two daughters developed severe psychological problems, the eldest one refusing to eat or talk for several years. Svante and his wife wrote a book about it. Three days before publication, the eldest daughter started sitting in the street with a notice round her neck. “It left us in a tricky situation” says Svante, since everyone would think it was a PR stunt to sell the book. “..so we thought the only thing we could do was give every cent away. All our earnings from the book went to charity.”
Svante’s wife Malena explained why she felt compelled to write the book. “Becaue we felt like shit. I felt like shit. Svante felt like shit. The children felt like shit. The planet felt like shit. Even the dog felt like shit.” Svante adds that hardly anybody bought either version of the book because they decided not to promote it.
The journalist suggests to the eldest girl that her parents had made huge sacrifices for her. The girl agrees:
“Yep. They changed their lifestyles. My mum stopped flying, and by doing that she stopped her international career, and I really appreciate it.”
Then he asks if she felt guilty about stymying her mother’s career.
She seemed surprised by the question. “It was her choice. I didn’t make her do anything. I just provided her with the information to base her decision on.”
Having provided her parents with the information that caused them to sacrifice their careers as actor, opera singer, and authors, the eldest girl , now an adult, has moved out of the family home to avoid the crowds of people seeking her out, and spends a lot of time doing embroidery and jigsaw puzzles. In November she’s planning to go to Glasgow.
What has all this got to do with the climate? Nothing at all.