Arkiv for juni, 2013

Pragmatic National Identity

If tomorrow I were said that Germany has bought Barcelona and my children will carry German passport, the first thing I would do is to attend German lessons and hope to know the customs of my new country. The change wouldn’t mean that what I am disappears. — Jordi Pérez Colomé

Spaniards often say that we Catalans are nationalists, that we put too much pride in our identity, language, and a large etcetera. I understand their accusations, althought I’m sure that those accusations are more fit to Spaniards than to Catalans. The words nationalism and patriotism are extremely dangerous because of their confusing meaning: everyone uses them as they please, sometimes even with opposite meanings. The very word nation is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult ones to define.