in this shining light
so that everything
you never had
both of you
you never looked
and your fears
catch the light
stuck in you
between that past
and your dark
There were elections in Holland last week, and though I don’t live there anymore I still follow the news with interest. The parties on the right side of the right have won a few seats in the parliament, and that was disappointing. I did learned recently that in a country like Holland you always have around 20% of the people that vote way to the right or populist. This knowledge makes it a little bit easier to have peace with what’s happening, but it doesn’t make me want to move back. I left Holland for all kinds of reasons but one of them was the hardening of society. Here in Norway things are probably not all that rosy to, but even after 15 years, there is still a buffer between me and whats going on here. I make sure of this by not reading the Norwegian news and the character of the Norwegians helps to, they don’t talk about politics with you if you don’t ask them. In Holland it is all much clearer how someone looks at life, they tell you.
Democracy is important, it brought us all a lot of good. Democracy can also steer a country into ruins if a majority, and that is not always necessary, get a chance. Look at Nazi Germany, Trump’s America or Brazil. In Holland the mainstream parties ignore the brown-shirts but you never know what’s gonna happen in the future. I thought 15 years ago that it all would blow over but the parties of resentment only got stronger. It frustrates me, I just wish we had a democracy where we voted for people because we appreciate their competence as a human being and a leader. I have so much to say about this but don’t know how, for now I try it is some kind of short poem that highlights one aspect of the popular leader.
5 thoughts on “Day 1825, populist.”
Dat heb je goed gezegd Chris. Het gedicht klopt ook. En je hebt dat stuk van Maarten gelezen.
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I once left Holland for many reasons including this one, then i had to come back because of Brexit learning it is everywhere. Vluchten kan niet meer, het is wel het proberen waard.
That sucks for you(dat zuigd voor jouw?!? ) , I hope it goes well. Here in Norway you can stil stick your head in the sand, even though it’s all rocks here. Ik ben nieuwsgierig hoe het je bevalt, na 16 jaar is Nederland niet meer dan een vervaagde herinnering voor mij, ik denk soms dat ik wel terug wil maar het voelt voor mij alsof ik dan weer ga intreken bij mijn eerste liefde die mij gedumpt heeft lang geleden…
Ik was 22 jaar weg nu bijna 4 jaar terug. Het bevalt niet maar we maken er het beste van, we moeten wel.
Interesant… Te veel vragen. Ik vindt veel van je foto’s trouwens mooi, dingen zien die der voor veel mensen niet zijn…
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