”Ollerup – and the folk high school in general – is a place where you can step a little into the time machine that art, literature and philosophy are, without memorizing a syllabus. That’s the way it should be. ”
Morten is from Southern Jutland, and describes his hometown as “on the edge of the surroundings of Vojens” – one of the places where you drive past by train, but do not get off. He is not a gymnast, does not come from association life, and has to spend several minutes shaking off the dizziness after a single stroke. On the other hand, he is a big film fan, an expert in literature, and he also teaches several folk high school subjects, where he can bring culture and literature to life – even if its authors have long since died.
“A good quote is that we need to keep in mind that we are the dwarves sitting on the shoulders of giants. It started to be said in the Middle Ages – you had to talk about dwarves that way. “
And precisely reviving literature, history and culture is what Morten is good at. With empathy, humor and self-irony, he can pull the interesting out of books, movies and songs that you may know – but have never really understood.
Precisely creating this understanding is the reason why Morten both teaches and specializes in literature. He loves to step into the time machine that literature gives us. To read thoughts that are ingrained in the Middle Ages, and which today stand brightly on the page, even though the author’s great-grandchildren are no longer here. For although time has passed, the original work has softened and the world has changed, there was also a human being behind the thoughts. Across all that time, one can read some very recognizable thoughts, questions of doubt, and considerations that are still just as relevant today.
“Often the literature is pushed a little into the background. You may learn a little superficially about a time period in high school, but people get a little lost. The culture, identity and understanding of both oneself and each other of the time. It’s a shame – because it can be really interesting.”