This question could of course be understood in a very profound sense:
Why do I exist at all – why have I been born as a human being precisely at this
epoch and on this small planet in a Universe billions of years old and containing
billions of stars and galaxies? Or, as Moominpappa put it when he was still a small
curious child in the Hemulen's bleak orphanage for moomin foundlings: Why am I the
one I am and not somebody else? Why is everything as it is and not quite the
Unfortunately, I have to disappoint the reader with a keen interest in matters
philosophical or metaphysical. What I mean is simply: Why am I here on the internet
– in the spider's web? Why have I taken all the trouble to construct this website
and to compile information about myself to be looked at by any websurfer?
Well – it all began when I was nominated as a candidate in the parliamentary
election to be held here in Finland in March 1999. In that situation I found it
appropriate to introduce myself to the voters in this modern and fashionable way.
When I had, however, learned how to use the HTML language and could start planning
and constructing webpages of my own, I was carried away by the joy of creating!
I found it quite rewarding to describe what I have achieved and which ideas I
have been fighting for, to tell about my roots and my family, to remember people
who have been important to me – and to transform these facts and memories into
documents that might conceivably interest also others than those directly concerned.
The result of this admittedly somewhat narcissistic pottering was a rather
extensive collection of webpages, many-coloured and inconsistent as life itself
but nevertheless forming some kind of portrait of their author.