The following note came in response to a thank you to one of our readers for his subscription payment.
When our European readers display such fluency in English, it reminds me of our American insularity in not learning another language. Admittedly, up unitl now we’ve had no compelling need to do so. However, it might be advisable for our children to begin lessons in Chinese.
Here, from the Netherlands, then, shared hopes for the coming year and some reflections on our historic, “disruptive” times.
Thank you for your good wishes. I wish you and your family also a very healthy and prosperous New Year!
And I wish your great country a year of acknowledgment of its situation, tasks and possibilities.
As for my country, the next process against Mr. Wilders is a very low point in its history. On the other hand, as it is in fact a process about the evil of Islam, it may, perhaps, prove to become a turning point in the public opinion.
May you find much satisfaction in your information efforts for readers and in offering writers and bloggers a platform to spread and exchange their knowledge and vision on Gates of Vienna
We live in historic times….
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times in which diverse problems and developments reach eruptive and decisive stages. All people have to play their part or at least form their opinions which, in their totality, influence the course of history in many ways.
Thank you for your information about Detroit. I regret very much that such beautiful and important parts of your country fall into decay. It is a signal that the mentality of man can make and break society, culture, economy and the moral and material standard of life. Therefore, the mental quality and the sense of responsibility, not less than the well being of the people, should be a primary care for a country’s leaders.
However, every individual human being is personally responsible for his or her own contribution. Fortunately, man is sometimes capable of tremendous performances of recovering, reconstruction and new creations.
I do not know whether we will be able to bring each other better news at the next turning of the year. Humanity has always gone through all kind of challenges and afflictions. So, what matters is the spirit in which these difficulties are perceived and overcome. I have no doubt that the Baron and you have the right spirit!
Your reader from the Netherlands
The reference to Detroit concerned a link showing the growing feral nature of a once-great city. The link to the pictures and some thoughts on the subject of America’s failure are here, in a recent post at Neighborhood of God.
Somehow I started with Walt Whitman and ended up in Detroit.