I'm Dutch, But Not Proud...

A lot of people say that you should be proud if your Dutch... But I really don't feel that way. Why I don't know.
linda linda
26-30, F
18 Responses Oct 18, 2006

I visited Holland in May and found it much better functioning than I had expected from reading the Telegraaf!!


Het besef van trots komt pas als je ver weg van je thuisland Nederland woont.

The sense of pride comes when you live far away from you homecountry, the Netherlands.

With me it's the exact opposite.

Ik schaam me vaak kapot over de arrogante houding van altijd beter wetende Nederlanders in buitenland.

The way Dutch people behave abroad often makes me ashamed of being Dutch.

I worked for many international companies and could get along with anyone form any country or cultural background but always had "gedonder" or some sort of conflict with that one other Dutch guy.

I was born Dutch.
That in itself is no achievement. And I am only proud of what I have achieved, or achievement of others that I have positively contributed too???



You should be........
Believe me.It's a blessing
The dutch people are the best
And they are open minded, accepting and more.....
Also u have low unemployement ratings and peole in Netherlands are happy.
I'm greek and I'm not proud of it
Because people in greece do everything wrong

Haha how much are you?

As final touch, God created the Dutch lol ;)

‘Wilhelmus van Nassouwe, ben ick van Duytschen bloet’<br />
Hoezo oude spelling :P

De tekst is dan ook zo een 600 jaar oud, toen hadden zij nog geen Word met spellingscontrole :)

Trots is eigenlijk ook niet het goede woord. Het is meer een veilig gevoel, zoals je vaderlijk huis. Het heeft ook te maken met ons Koningshuis dat ons bind, want iedereen denkt daar anders over, maar kom niet aan de koningin! Het grootste feest, waar iedereen aan meedoet en waar bijna nooit gevechten zijn of andere vervelende dingen gebeuren zijn; en echt iedereen genoeg drinkt, dus je zou verwachten van wel, is Koninginnedag. Hetgeeft een gevoel van saamhorigheid. Ook dat is belangrijk.<br />
Dus als je in America geboren bent geeft dat vast hetzelfde gevoel en heb je bijvoorbeeld The fourth of Juli als belangrike feestdag. Ook dan is er saamhorigheid.<br />
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Translation:<br />
Pride is actually not the right word. It's more a feeling of security, such as in your father's household. It also has to do with our Royal Family that binds us, everyone thinks differently about her, but do not touch the Queen! The biggest and mot beautiful National party, it really is a party, in which everybody participates and that almost never ends in fights or other destructive behavior, and take my word for it, everyone really drinks enough alcoholic beverages, so you would expect somethingwold happen but it just doesn't, is "Queensday", the day to celebrate our Kingdom. Then there s a great sense of "we belong together, together we are one. That is very important. So when you're Dutch, but you're born in America I think that indicates that same feeing of belonging together. Like you have The Fourth of July as an important celebration. I expect you have that feeling togetherness to? <br />
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Het heeft geen zin om trots te zijn op je nationaliteit. Overal heeft zijn deugden en zijn problemen; trots zijn heeft helemaal geen zin.

By the way, as long as you do no know why..... what's the problem? x

Being Dutch has a lot of advantages and some set backs. But overall, I won't consider any other Nationality. xx

I'm Dutch-Jamaican, which is a pretty damn funny/odd pairing, if you ask me.<br />
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I lived in Jamaica most of my life, but visit The Netherlands a lot. I also have a Dutch passport.<br />
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I guess I can say that I'm 'proud' to be Dutch because I enjoy the politics, landscape, people, culture and attitudes of my fatherland.<br />
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I plan on moving to The Netherlands after highschool because there's just something about the place that makes me love it (maybe it's the bricks, the history, the climate, I dunno).<br />
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After typing this, I realized I REALLY DO love the Netherlands. I can't wait till I move there now.

I have a possible come back for you...<br />
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how about "It ain't much, if it ain't Dutch"<br />
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I'm a full blooded Dutchman btw, with a passport to prove it... I can trace my lineage back to the 1600s and then stuff becomes a bit murkey...<br />
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... and as for the pride... I think I'm not so much proud to be Dutch, as much as I feel honoured to be Dutch....<br />
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... because in the end (and that's where the true Dutch traits surface) when there is money to be made or fun to be had (or maybe fun to made and money to be had) there is no such thing as pride....<br />
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It's hella tight being Dutch, are you from Holland or just part Dutch like me? I spent a year in Europe and even bonded with some actual from-Holland Dutch people over there and just became so proud of my heritage. I never thought I would be, either. That country is awesome-has so much culture and history, crazy but good food, and I just feel comfortable there cause, even though I am pretty American and don't even speak Dutch it's still where my ancestors were from and I should know more about it.

I think being proud of something means to consider it valuable. People confuse this with chauvinism which wants to believe what they are proud of is superior to everything else in every way.<br />
I love the beautiful Netherlands, I admire the fabulous treasure of artistic creations and the legendary dependability of Dutch people. I am not Dutch, but I can see what is worthwile about being Dutch.<br />
My mother had a collection of copper pots of which she was very proud. It did not mean that she considered everything else in the house inferior. I meant that she would take care of them, display them to their best advantage and burnish them till they glowed! Okay the last one was my job, but you get the point.<br />
Being proud of your culture means building on what is worthwile, pruning off what is not and enlarging it's contribution to the greater human family.

How embarassing...I meant "God"

There's a Dutch saying (because of the levees): "Got created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands."

My maternal family is a mixture of Irish and Dutch. ( Not really a good combo) The two sides lived next to each other, and during their FREQUENT feuds this is what the Irish screamed out the door: The Irish and the Dutch Don't Have Much; But the Irish Are Better Than the Damnned Ol' Dutch! Have a witty saying back for their comment?