old books and memories

Fortunately, I still have them, those old scout books. Because of the planned reunion, I read them again. As a result, many memories come to the surface again. It’s been about 50 years ago … times have changed a lot … parenting has changed … pastimes have changed … the media have been renewed … honest and trustworthy changed from a virtue into a drawback …

The books were written in the time that Indonesia was still a colony of the Netherlands. At a time when the Netherlands was considered a fully Christian country. In a time of reconstruction after the Second World War. In a time of paternalistic governance.

But the books are written with good intentions … preparing the growing youth to live in a social peace-loving society that only has good intentions with all the natural riches of the earth.

I can’t remember if I spoke the word “God” during the boy scout promise …

If I have done that, then that is done from a youthful naivety.
As long as I can remember, I have not been a believer.
I have, throughout my life, done my best to abide by the Boy Scouts Act. And I know that most people (unconsciously) do that too.

The laws are based on normal realistic human behavior and are therefore easy to follow in peaceful situations.


Of course I sometimes have trouble with law number 8!

Published by wim harwig

too old to die young, but still making love and not war

One thought on “old books and memories

  1. Well said Wim!

    I would agree that No 8 is at times very troublesome and cannot always be practised.
    No. 7 is in some cases even more troublesome but I presume may in specific cases be waved as it is overruled by No. 1, 2 and 10 amongst others…………..

    P.S. I still like the original version. Am not that impressed with the latest so called improved versions. But that may be just me, me thinks. …………..

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