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Queen: internet can't replace 'real' contact

Friday 25 December 2009

Queen Beatrix has called for people to show interest and compassion for each other and warned that contact via mobile text messages and internet cannot replace face-to-face engagement with those around you.

Speaking during her traditional Christmas Day address, the queen said technological advancement has made people more independent and more aloof.

In difficult times, physical presence is needed to create a feeling of solidarity and express compassion, she said. ‘Real contact consists of words and deeds.’ In the past, people knew each other but today people are mainly busy with themselves, said the queen.

''We tend to look the other way and close our eyes and ears to what’s going on around us. Nowadays even our neighbours are strangers,’ said Queen Beatrix.

And she warned that the lack of community feeling means our lives are empty. ‘It is not possible to fill that emptiness with virtual meetings,’ she said.

Her Christmas message was recorded at the palace where she lives, Huis ten Bosch, and broadcast on public radio and tv at 1pm and repeated later in the afternoon.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Bravo for Queen Beatrix - so true about Internet and lact of personal communication in ourcommunities ! Let's try to walk with our feet instead of cars and speak with our voices instead of texting

By John Grande | 25 December 2009 4:32 PM

It's already too late your majesty!

Internet has taken over, hence this comment.

Not long ago there was an article about how people mistrust each other. What's wrong with skepticism?

I know many people, out of which I trust only four!

Merry Christmas one & all!

(PS: Wot me? Buy a newspaper? Ha!)

By stevie | 25 December 2009 9:33 PM

Oh, isn't it so sweet to be told how to live by such an important person? I just don't know how I existed for so many years without her wisdom (tounge-in-cheek).

It still amazes me that some fluke of birth gives some people the idea that they can preach to me, when I already pay for their extravagant lifestyles that put them above the fray from the rest of us. Nonsense!

By Quest | 26 December 2009 12:58 AM

So I assume this message will lead to a change in IND policy that keeps families separated due to age, income and contract length? Dank je wel.

By CW | 26 December 2009 11:44 AM


By bruce gossett | 26 December 2009 4:43 PM

If Queen Beatrix was so interested in humanity she might try to influence her petroleum company Dutch Shell to stop using food products in the petrol. This kills millions through starvation and the doubling of food prices.....

By Are you for real | 27 December 2009 11:51 PM

What she says is true. We need each other. Human contact is important, but I also distrust the elite's contempt for the Internet. People are waking up through the Internet. The old media cannot control the message the elite want released or more importantly, hidden.

By David Singhiser | 28 December 2009 10:11 AM

I agree w/D. Singhiser..we need to unite, not divide. However, he's so on point about what is the elite's agenda. . they are a little afraid on how the internet is expanding our conscientious. I don't think they expected that.

By jmc | 28 December 2009 6:23 PM

Bravo to the Queen for pointing out that good manners mean speaking to each other and not texting at meals, in church, and other inappropriate places.

By Rosalie Reynolds | 1 January 2010 12:28 PM

I agree with Her Majesty, by all means.Because times are very difficult. When we can see, like never before in human history, people need people, to celebrate their successes of accomplishments in life. Whether goals are succeeded in success or failure. Someone would love to hear a word of encouragement, for just an effort of trying. In many cases, "yes", we tend to look the other way. But just think, if God would have looked the other way, when humanity needed Him the most. But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,Romans 5:8. Because of His love and compassion, God manifested Himself in human form as the revelation of Christ. God's desire is to meet us where we are. It is what we do that will explain more than what we say. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father,)full of grace and truth. St.John 1:14

By Pastor Leroy Ware | 8 January 2010 3:19 AM

I liked the following comment:'So I assume this message will lead to a change in IND policy that keeps families separated due to age, income and contract length? Dank je'
in other words, the queen needs to make clear to IND that people need to bring their families to live a healthy life....

By amouria | 10 January 2010 3:06 PM

Stop kowtowing to your queen, you sycophants. You Dutch cannot claim to be superior while you maintain such medieval attitudes. Throw her out, along with the rest of these elites.

By Dieter | 19 January 2010 12:16 AM

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