June 4, 2007 2:52:23 AM CEST
As dutch people being insecured (making little money after taxes and not having a possibility of living a luxurious life) and being scared of everything (on the street, train and everywhere what you see scared eyes), they actually turn out to be rude (yes rude) and making generalizations about everything with their limited knowledge!
Do you have to be affluent in order to be happy, smart, open-minded and free from anxiety and fear? :shock: Dutch mediocrity is a Calvinist thing, it has got nothing to do with the amount of money people earn.
I do not like societies which are deeply divided by class - there is always a price to pay. Many rich people live in a bubble anyway, they don't have to be afraid because they do not frequent crime-ridden neighborhoods. Nor do they travel on trains or buses, like the average commuter. In some countries, they even live in so-called 'gated communities' which are like separate planets compared to the slums or favelas which are only a couple of miles away.
By the way: rich intellectuals, journalists, writers and artists are relatively rare. Original, out-of-the-box thinking is not encouraged in this country but I think the main culprit is our deep-seated anti-intellectualism. We used to have some great mavericks like Renate Rubinstein*, but the void she left after her untimely death in 1990 can still be felt.
As a result of recent government cutbacks in education, Holland is on its way to become a cultural wasteland.