This weekend, one of my Dutch visitors apparently thought that there is something so aberrant about my living alone in isolation that I must surely need to be “fixed.” By Dutch standards, my preferences are definitely not normative; the Dutch are, in the main, a gregarious people and I would be surprised if there is anywhere in that country where you can get more than a few hundred feet from one’s neighbors.
With the total size of the Netherlands at 41,500 square kilometers, 17 million people, and a population density of 488 people per square kilometer, the Netherlands is the most densely populated country in the European Union and one of the mostly densely populated countries in the world. By contrast, there is a population density in Brewster County TX of only 1 person per square kilometer.
So it must be very strange indeed for a Dutchman to be suddenly surrounded by so much apparently empty space. I have a good friend out here who says it is natural for many people living in isolation to become downright weird. I am not offended by this Dutchman’s conclusion… it is natural but dead-wrong… and nothing personal taken.
The day after the Dutch left, my friend Erik sent me this video that demonstrates that weirdness is not restricted to uninhabited places. I find this video strangely reassuring. England has a population density of 413 people per square kilometer, not so different from Holland.
“Round-about Spotting”? “Apostraphe Protection Society”? “Letter Box Study Group”?
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