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A state of perfection?

With the religious reforms of Martin Luther in the sixteenth century came the supression of religious life, which, during that time, had the form of monastic life. It seems that his own experience as a monk moved him into strongly attacking religous life and vows, especially that of celibacy.

I experienced religious life during some years in my life. I would like, in this post, to share some thoughts on how it began, why someone would want to embrace it, and what future, if any, it might have.

Teaching religion at schools

Religion is a highly sensitive issue, and when it comes to its teaching at schools, it becomes ever hotter. Should religion be taught at school, or not? I think it should, and in this post I explain why, and equally important, how.

Did we get what we deserve?

Politicians have always been criticized and mocked. Most probably, bearing this is part of their duty. That criticism has greatly increased because of the crisis. Politicians (and bankers) are blamed for most of the damage that has been done. Especially in Spain. If it were true that, at least in a democracy, every country gets the rulers it deserves, then most Spaniards would wonder what they have done to get such awful politicians?

Learning Norwegian II — from a Romanic language speaker’s perspective

Some time ago my Norwegian language course reached its end. It was ten weeks in which we (the students) had had a first contact with Norwegian. I reaffirm what I said about the teacher on my first post about that course. She was very friendly and helpful, never ever getting nervous or impatient, always willing to help us.

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.