Blog & Opinion
15 January 2019 • Fady Mikhail
Ugh, here we go again
A new year with new opportunities. Don’t worry, this won’t be your average blog about new resolutions, but it is about something that has been on the tip of my tongue for some time now. The holidays always cause an uproar in the Netherlands, whether concerning Easter, Eid al-Fitr or St Nicholas, it’s always bingo in the media.
To what degree is the Netherlands still the Netherlands?
It will have undoubtedly not have escaped you. Besides the happy holidays and the demonstrators wearing yellow vests, the month of December was also filled with criticism of the public holidays. You know, that the Dutch Zwarte Piet is racist and that, as of this year, Santa should become a woman or even gender neutral. This did not go unnoticed on social media. But now that the good men are no longer in the country, the media is rather quiet. I find it unfortunate that the holidays are usually the victim of the celebrations and traditions in the Netherlands. Although I don’t celebrate sinterklaas, I can imagine that Zwarte Piet can be offensive. But if we put aside these traditions, then to what degree is the Netherlands still the Netherlands?
Everything has to be perfect
In my opinion, it seems as if everything has to be and proceed perfectly. Profits must soar and we must be informed about everything all of the time. That latter mainly plays a big role under the new generation, namely generation Z. When I think about it, I miss the human aspect, in particular mutual interaction. Is it worth putting everything on the line at the cost of humanity? Can’t we be satisfied with a little less? I lived in Egypt for a while, the people there don’t have the best technology or what not, but they make do with what they have.
Not a sneer
This blog is not a sneer. I don’t mean to offend anyone with it. If that is the case, I apologise. Each time I check social media I think “Ugh, here we go again”. I just find it such a shame and I am getting a bit fed up with the fact we keep fretting about the slightest things, while it is generally going well with the Netherlands. What does all that fretting get us? Does it improve things? No, it doesn’t, if you ask me. Maybe it’s down to the media because they want to create content and trigger the reader. I am staying out of it.
Let’s build up the Netherlands together and not break it down.
Fady is serving as a Youth Ambassador for The Municipality of The Hague with responsibilities related to education. In this position, he advises the municipal authorities and other organisations in The Hague. He connects young people to the city. Fady is a UNICEF Youth Spokesperson. He gives guest lessons at primary schools. Besides which, he is studying Finance and Control full time at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.