Hávamál or: How to become a better human in 164 proverbs

Hello, this is Iceland. 

I am sorry to interupt your inter-nets but I want to tell you how to become a better human.

In the old days (well, it is the old days for you, but I am millions of years old, so for me it was like yesterday) my people were Vikings and they had a code to live by. (A Viking has got to have a code).

The code came from Óðinn the Alfather himself, supposedly, and was put forth in 164 poems or proverbs of sorts, that detailed how to become a better human. Here is an example: 

Cattle die and kinsmen die,
thyself too soon must die, 
but one thing never, I ween, will die, —
fair fame of one who has earned.

If you would like to read 163 more and become a better human, you can find them here.

Bless bless. 

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    What if we all just chastised each other in old Nordic poetry to become better people?
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    There’s some very good advice in the Hávamál. :)
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