the spirit of Maastricht people
Maastricht history heavily influenced Maastricht mentality. First of all we think of
Catholicism: severe in theory, but mild for the confessant. Maastricht people know that the
soup is not as hot when you eat it as when you dish it up. Second, we think of new rulers turning
up again and again throughout the centuries. They come with awful war violence, proclaim severe
laws, and depart to be replaced by a new ruler with other laws. The Maastricht people consider
how to ignore the new rules without offending authorities. They played off the rulers from
Liege against those from Brabant during many centuries.