Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Dutch

The Dutch are probably the most tolerant people in the world. That is not to say that Northern and Southern Netherlanders accept the diverse mores and cultures of our world nor those expressed in the city of Amsterdam. The Dutch tend to not judge the world around them, but follow the “live and let live” principle.

My mother and father taught me tolerance. They taught me that “as long as the other guy isn’t bothering you – leave him alone.” The “live and let live” standard says “We should live the life we choose and allow others to do the same.” Mom was also influenced by the “free agency” or “free will” belief taught to 5 generations of her family by the Elders and Priests of our Church. Your faith journey is your choice – no one may make it for you – you are responsible for your decisions and the consequences of those decisions.

I found a “recovery” slogan that says:

When we live and let live, we don't need to criticize, judge, or condemn others. We have no need to control them or try and make them conform to our way of thinking. We let others live their own lives and we live ours.

Anyway, the Dutch were so tolerant that in the 1600’s the Pilgrims that left England for the Netherlands, to have the freedom to worship as they pleased, choose to leave England and Holland and venture to the Americas. You see – they were concerned that their children were becoming too Dutch.

Bill and I have been to the Netherlands three times. We wish to return so we may continue to explore the country. We wish to return to a place where we have truly felt free.

This YouTube has English subtitles. Read and listen with an open heart.

1 comment:

marja said...

Hi Lee, I enjoyed your post because I'm Dutch. I was born in Amsterdam. Left in 1956 when I was 10. Especially enjoyed the song. I don't very often get to hear Dutch sung anymore.

I'm also bipolar - since I was 19 - so I know all about that as well. Hope all goes well for you and that you find meds that help. If there's anything to be said about a life with bp, it's "very interesting".