Sunday, December 28, 2014

Educating means loving.

Educating means loving. In the hardest times of  winter, the grass grows under the drifting snow. Tenderness must also grow under a cape of discretion and good sense. But tenderness must exists, because tenderness means the highest plenitude of human being. As a teachers, we must offer tenderness besides austerity of feelings. 
Educating means stopping, amazed, in front some deities who don't know they are deities, who ignore their greatness. Every day. Every hour. Educating means watching those that seem little, and realizing that those are great, big, immense. The job of educating is such a great privilege that it moves spontaneously towards the responsibility and respect.

What's going on when I work as a teacher? What's going on here? In fact, a teacher is only a guide. What really exists is the learning process. Pupil is the only one who really do something. He, or she, learns; takes a truth, an habit, an attittude... He or she takes out of his or her inner his or her real identity. Teacher only points out some possibilities, some directions... and spreads enthusiasm. The teacher must be a master of enthusiasm.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Interview to myself.

This is a practice of my learning english. I appreciate corrections.

1.- Tell me something you’re proud of.

I'm proud of nothing in my life. It would be better to say that I'm grateful. Yes... because all the things I have achieved come from the chance. I've had the opportunity of reaching many aims, a lot of objectives. I've had the tools, the means to get my wishes. I've had to strive to achieve what I have wanted, but... the capacity of striving is also a skill. This skill originates from genetic inheritance, from my parent's education, from the first childhood experiences... The ability of fighting, of working, of striving, of struggling... is a random inheritance.

-Yes… but… there are men and women that when they have the chance of achieving their aims… they don’t do… In this sense It would mean that people have merit or demerit according to their sloth or they effort…
-But why are they sloth or industrious? Do they decide it? And if they decide it? Why do they decide it? Can they decide any other thing? Are they capables for deciding any other thing? The capacity for deciding the right decission is also a gift, a skill. I can not be proud of this skill, because this skill depends on many random reasons.

2.- What makes you think you could do your job?

I have always had many difficulties to understand the lessons teachers taught me... because many of them were very bad teachers. I have overcome the obstacles they have put on my learning path, and so I know what a teacher must not do, what a teacher must do, how must he speak, how must he dominate the group, what difficulties the group is going to find, what weak points I have to attack... And I know all these things through the mistakes and the clumsiness of my old teachers.

3. What kind of leadership qualities do you have?

I don’t believe in leaderships. I think that the teacher of course must command. And a teacher of children, of young people, have a lot of skills to command without authoritarianism. Perhaps he will have to show his autority the first day, or the first week… but afterwards, the authority will have to diminish… The teacher is older, is wiser, should be more empathetic than any of his pupils… all this skills allow him to work without a constant use of authority. I think leadership is an important matter when we are talking about groups of persons that have a similar age and matureness. A teacher must be a bit like a father… by my point of view.

4.- Why did you leave your last job?

Well, really, I left it voluntarily. I was sitting on the top of a hydrochloric acid tank, in Madrid, under a burden august sun, and I told my self “What I’m doing here? Working day by day only to produce paper? Sheets of paper that will be thrown to the ground of the streets? All my mind, my skills, my empathy, my poetry, my humanity… sacrificed to enrich the bank accounts of the owners of this factory?” After these thoughts, I decided to be a writter and a teacher, and I got off the tank, and went to the personnel department to say that I went away.

5.- Do you have any skills or hobbies you think might be useful for this job?

Yes. I write. I like to imagine situations. I like to invent games, strategies. I like to work the times and the staging of a class. I like young people. I like the way of being of the children. Teens, preteens. I think that they have skills that afterwards they will loose, interesting skills… creativity, spontaneity, happiness, essential sincerity (not about details but about feelings) they usually don’t use a mask, it’s easy for me to know what are their feelings, and how are their thoughts… this ease makes my work more simple.

6.- What do you think is your greatest fault?

I’m too self-dependent, too self-contained, too self-sufficient… and so… It’s no easy for me to relate with adult people, with contributors… In general, in my life, not only in my job, my wishes of independace and freedom push me to break relations with friends or with people that don’t accept a high level of freedom in a relation. I’m happy alone. I like people but if I have to choose between people and freedom I preffer freedom. So… I have very few friends, but I’m happy.

7.- How do you feel about spending time away from home?

It’s very important for me to live usually in my home, with my family. I could sporadically travel far away, but no more than a week every three months. I preffer time than money. I preffer a job with a low salary but a lot of free time than a job with a high salary but many busy hours in a day.

8.- What do you see yourself doing in five year’s time?

The same than now, but in english. I like what I do, more than any other job in the world. I am where I want to be. If I won the lottery, I would do what I’m doing. But if the life changed in the future, I’m sure I would find a way of doing what I’m doing now, or very similar.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I wish to live enough time as to be able to write words that might convince people that the most beautiful things are free.

This is a practice of my learning english. I appreciate corrections.

Sometimes I think I need more time, more years to live; I'm forty six years old and I'm learning to write english poetry. I'm smitten with this hobby. I feel inside a whole universe of deep thoughts. I love what I'm discovering. I feel also happy because some english-speaking like my poetry. Many times I think that my future lifetime is not long enough to write all the poetry I feel inside. I'm not speaking about quality but about passion, about feelings... about the greenery of the woods, about the scent of the salt's sea in shore.

I need more lifetime to improve my english, and to learn to put in a better way my fingers on the neck of the guitar, and to tidy up all my texts and publish them, as I did with my book about nudity, or with “The wind of the woods” or with my book about education.
And I wish to work as a teacher longer than my lifetime. I wish to meet more persons along all my teaching life. I wish utopianly to try to convince them to learn the most essential apprenticeship: being alive is wonderfull, a privilege, a gift, a joy... And this is the sense of all: we live to enjoy, we live to make enjoy.

I wish I had a body that didn't deteriorate while time went by, and therefore learning more and more, with the same ease with which children learn. I cringe with the people that live as if they had not a heart, nor dialog capacity, nor respect for differences and freedom. I wish to live enough time as to be able to write words that might convince people that the most beautiful things are free, that those who don't feel a homeland as their homeland, don't they feel it... and nothing happens... , that those who feel a different homeland as their homeland, feel it... and nothing happens... that those who want to leave have the right to leave... that we only really own what is free to leave or to stay... If anyone wants to leave, we must let him leave.
I wish to live longer than my lifetime to sing without hiding, to proclame that severity is a failure, that the arrogant style of living and the cult image, is an style that moves us away from human kind, from tenderness, from freedom, from the pleasure of having fun.
I wish to convince people of the idea that the persons are not made to have authority, nor to suffer it. Our evolution guides us to build a society with differents labors, braided so that nobody be under anybody, nor nobody be over anybody... braided so that everybody lives with the same dignity and the same opportunities.
I wish to live longer that my lifetime to swim naked in all the seas of the world, to climb all the tops, to fool around, to create freely walking down the road where my existence decides.
I need a life in which all is not done, in which there isn't eternal breaks nor infinite happiness, nor the beatific vision of an inapprehensible being. Give me the night and the stars, and the gloaming of all the sunrises and all the sunsets, and the mistery that never runs out, to love infinitely that we hint but don't understand nor know.
I wish to be imperfect, to have always some skill to improve, and to remember to be tolerant and unconcerned. I need the disorder to feel relaxed in an atmosphere that accepts my rightful and natural disorder. I wish to be always an activist against the idolatry of fame and utilitarianism, against the wrong idea that says that money defines the professionalism instead of the right idea that says that is the profession and its features what defines the professionalism. I wish to convince the writers of the pleasure of writing for delight instead of writting to achieve fame or fortune; and I also wish to say the same idea to the singers, and to the actors and actresses, and in general to all who work in any task. I wish everybody loved their works, the bright of their works, the love in their works, the will of good with the aim of their works... and I wish they wasn't obsessed with success and triumph. The true success is one that perhaps doesn't shine but nevertheless gets to serve and to love people with a humble and concealed attitude.

I need more years to live, and I think that too few years left to my death time. However, if I died tomorrow It didn't seem a disgrace. The life has been great. My life is still great. I don't know who has set up all the things of the life, but in spite the hard moments, life has been like a rare flower; a flower so beautifull that I take my breath away. And this flower declaims (as it was declaiming a poem) the name of every person of human kind.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Octavi Intente, a world of art and creation.


 I've found this vídeo in the YouTube's space of Artamore Sitges, an art shop of Sitges (Barcelona). This is a video that shows the work of the painter Octavi Intente.
How does this Catalan artist work? How is the world he imagines? I invite you to discover a personal way of sailing the sea of creation. Are you used to foreseeable shapes? This artist is never foreseeable. From his mind, evolves a whole universe of surreal situations, of shocking characters, of amazing interpretations of the reality. In fact, Catalonia has always been a land of artists. 
I'm not going to explain all about Octavi Intente;  you must discover him, you must enjoy his work.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

To go out in the night.


(This is a practice of my english classes)
When I was in my twenties, I used to go out to discos with my friends. And I must admit that I used to go out, not because I liked it but because it was a way of living in society, a way of relating with girls, with friends, with diverse people in a more relaxed athmosphere than work's environment. Nowadays, I hardly ever go out in the night. Once or twice a year, mainly to go to the cinema, and to dinner with my wife. The reason of this austerity is that we have many difficulties to leave our son and our daughter with somebody who may look after them. But probably, if we had really wished to go out, we would have solved it. 

In fact, I have always thought that there are many others activities more interesting than going out in the darkness... than going into smoky and tight and noisy locals... than losing sleep... than being enforced to wake up late, and therefore losing wonderfull sun's hours of life and pure air. I think that the night is dark because people have to be in their caves, or in their corners, or in their nests, or in their homes... perhaps writting poetry, or beside a fire with a guitar on hands, or telling stories, or counting stars below a dark and stellated sky, or in a beach under the moonlight. 

Society has created an unnecessary need, that probably is hidding an ancient and deep impulse, an impulse that push us to approach to the opposite sex. Probably, this idea is tied to the social and not always written repression of the natural tendency to copulate. Our subconscious wants to copulate. Our conscious doesn't clearly dare to accept it. Then our wishes walk down the path to where the dark spaces are, to where the clandestine environments are, to where the forbidden hours of the day go by. Society sweeps the natural searching of the opposite sex towards the hidden drawer of the night. I think the social values should evolve towards an acceptance of the natural drives. Besides, when society proscribes (directly or indirectly) a natural wish, this wish search another way, and this new way is always more dangerous, always more strange, always more insane. 

People are made for the day. We have evolved for millions of years sleeping in the night. And before sleeping, we have been explaining stories beside a campfire, singing and dancing with the family. And after the stories, we have always slept in the darkness to welcome a new, and bright, and long day. And this day will elapse, illuminated by the sunlight, from the sunrise to the sunset. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

To clear out (Leave everything)

I'm going to get rid of my worries. 
I'm going to get rid of my fears.
I'm going to get rid of my boundaries
that doesn't allow me to reach my fate.

I want to get rid of the chains
that press my heart and tie my brain.
I want to get rid of the thoughts
that stick me and hit me without faith.

Heaps of junk inside my soul
must disappear with fire and light.

In the drawers of my inner home
only hope, only smiles.
I'm going to clear out the path
that I have to start freely under the sun
sorting out the array of instants
some in passion, some in fight.

I'm giving away myself with joy
working on me, I'm helping the world.
Throwing away the shit, I choose
a better pace and a sweeter world.
I ask you to take out all your rubbish
far away of your core.

Jeremias Soler.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ok, Americans, now it's your time to help Catalonia. Here's how

I'm passing you a writting from the facebook space of "Americans for Catalonia":


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Catalonia. Human Towers.The "Minyons de Terrassa" get upload the "3 of 10" this morning.

In Catalonia, we do human towers, “castells”. The human towers are the result of the sum of many efforts. In the human towers, men and women apply efforts following an order, a plan, an strategy. Every arm is important, every leg is important. And men and women need to believe that the human tower will be lifted, that will reach its fulfillment, that the tower is rising . The members of the tower must be encouraged continuosly. They must encourage each other continuosly. The people are very important. The people who do support under the tower are essential. The tower can't ascend without the people below. When the tower is up, the most tiny child, who is in the top, raises his or her hand. At this moment, the tower is considered as uploaded. Then, the members start to download the tower. If they completely download the tower without the collapse, then the tower is considered “uploaded” and “downloaded”, this is the highest achievement. If the tower collapse during descent, then the tower is considered “upload” but not “downloaded”. If the tower collapses, nothing happens. The members of the “colla” will try again. Someday, they will get their aim. They always do. If the tower falls, everyone applauds. If the tower doesn't fall, everyone applauds too. Everyone always applauds and tries again. The human tower is the result of the work of everybody.

In Catalonia, my country, the things happen in the same way. Our survival as a nation depends on the sum of many wills, of many works, of many efforts... and the people is essential. As the human towers, we have no limits, we have no ceilings, we can grow every time more and more if we believe we can, if we sum efforts and intelligence. 

The tower of the video has been upload this morning in Terrassa. The group “colla” are the “Minyons de Terrassa”.
About Catalonia

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November, 9. A thrilling and victorious day for Catalonia.

The crowds got close to the point of votation last sunday despite the prohibition.
Last sunday, november 9, we, the Catalans, experienced a thrilling and victorious day. Not even in the best dreams I could have imaginated so many people defying the prohibition of putting the vote in the urn. So many people, and so diverse people. Grandparents, young ones, grandsons pushing the wheelchairs of their grandparents, families, catalan speakers, castilian speakers, workers that had arrived from germany only to vote... Some people could not vote because their identity cards were expired, or because they didn't realise that the adress of their identity cards was different to the ellectoral college where they had gone to vote. I remember the case of a girl that had just arrived from germany to vote in Terrassa, and she could not vote because in her identity card there was the adress of Germany. Some old men left the ellectoral college in tears because they remembered the long decades of dictatorship. They never had imagined that one day they could express in a votation their wishes about the future of Catalonia. 

It was a day of deep joy, deep emotion, deep hope, deep freedom... The catalan towns were full of people, some of them with tears in their eyes and a strong smile on their faces. It was a day of peaceful fight. The spanish authorities didn't dare to use the violence to prevent the votation. There were so many people and so hopeful that it was impossible to imagine any police prohibiting the simple and innocent gesture of voting. Even many policemen went to vote as citizens they were. I even saw a "Guardia Civil" voting. The Guardia Civil is the militar police for the civilians of the Spanish State. They are also persons, most of them are democratic persons, and they understand that voting is a human right. 

These days we realise how the things have changed in the world. Before the november 9, the world was rather indifferent about the Catalan Process. The papers had published few articles, and there were some short news about the issue. However, these days after november 9, we have read the papers of all around the world describing the dream we lived last sunday. The democratic voices of around the world are starting to express the need for a binding vote in Catalonia. What we did last sunday was only a non binding votation, a banned votation, that represented the will of a whole country of deciding its future. It also represented the will of this country of going through legal and democratic ways, It was the third votation convoked after the prohibition of the two previous. The Catalan Government designed this third call trying to reconcile legality with freedom. Very few days before, Spain banned this third votation, and this prohibition had no any foundation. It was only an attempt to humiliate the dignity of a country. The president of Catalonia, Sir Arthur Mas, was threatened by Spanish Government. If he went ahead with the vote the weight of the law would be upon him and upon all those who helped to go through with the votation. But our President decided to be faithful to the catalan people. The legitimacy of the authority borns from the votes of the people, the people who have chosen this president. Now, spanish government is assessing the possibility of denouncing the President and some other people, but Spanish Government knows that its image would be seriously damaged: a government denouncing the president of a country because he has put the urns for a votation! (Taking into account that this consultation was an electoral promise of Sir Arthur Mas to his people) I must add the fact that Spanish government, these days, is preventing Interpol from arresting twenty imputed men that are charged with crimes of the last dictatorship. These facts are strongly questioning the democratic style of the Spanish Government.

And this is the begining. Nothing can fight against the democratic values. All peoples have the right to decide their future. The 2.390.000 persons that voted last sunday despite all the difficulties that there were (few points of votation, no census, threats of denounces, fear of possible conflicts...) demonstrated that nothing can stop a people who want to go towards their freedom.

In many other states around the world, 13573 Catalans voted outside Catalonia, in 19 points of votation. Many of them had to travel thousands of quilometers to vote.

I want to thank the people who have send me so many messages of encouragement from around the world. We still need you because the democratic voices of the world are our brothers and sisters in this long and hard way towards the freedom. The Spanish Government is still fighting against our right to be. But now we know we are not alone, and now we are not afraid. Thanks!

Demonstration in Barcelona, 11/09/2012


Saturday, November 8, 2014

The harassed Catalonia's consultation of november 9

The intimate and overwhelming satisfaction of shouting what we believe, what we love, what we think, what we wish.
The identitary and essential decision of not shutting up not even when someone is threatening us with  flares of impotent and empty glances.
The river's force, travelling towards the sea with all its natural and unstoppable power, deafening with the lofty stridor of the free water. The angry hoots of those who are willing to stop the forthright Earth's energy.
The golden tremor of the vineyard's leaves in the hills, in an iniciatic autumn, like clandestine flags celebrating the people's victory, humble, stubborn, real, patient.
The grandparents, the grandchildren, the armed wings with ballpens and paper sheets, and poems, and candles, and chants, and prayers... in a dark slavery's night hidden for decades.
The slow crutch that advances towards the votation's institute, to say what the fascists said would be silence for ever, seventy five years ago. Not even the emptiness of the ephemeral nastiness of the mandataries will not be able to stop the crutch. The wise and age-old heart, has been discretely beating many years inside a meat made of figures by the scavengers regime.
The people's force that push and require, that are not afraid, that are not afraid...
The people that exist because they want to exist, versus the state which only exists if it scares people.
The shining gray of a cloudy sunday, when the state's power fails to silence the country, when the green homeland turns into a temple, and when people turn into freedom's priests.
The sovereignty that returns to the people, because the people never renounced it. And the people walking towards a future full of peace and hope.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Spanish Government is a black spot in the heart of the democratic Europe.

A black spot in the heart of the democratic Europe. An state that protects the dark protagonists of Franco's dictatorship. Argentina has asked the extradition of several ministers of Franco, and of some high-up VIP of the former regime, but the current spanish government systematically blocks the clarification of the facts, and prevents the extradition. There are many families who lost some members that were executed by Franco, and that were buried in the roadside ditches or in unknown fields or woods; the current government also hinders these families the search and the recovery of the bodies of their families. The Spanish Government also denies the plurinational character of Spanish State , and denies again and again the right of Catalonia to express the will of the people through a democratic consultation. The obsession of Spanish government of not allowing the votation makes an ass of itself. On the contrary, UK, with the Scotland referendum, gave a lesson of democracy and civility. Besides, the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, has just condemned the Spanish State for not investigating torture cases. In the recent years, the Spanish State has been condemned in six occasions for failing to investigate torture claims. The permissiveness of Europe in regard this matter is a shame. The European Union should ensure that all member states meet minimum protocols of democratic quality. This aim should even be more important that any economical issue.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

We will not retreat. (A letter to somebody)

You have in front of you the peaceful and strong step of the people who walk forward. We steadily take steps forward by the path of the international legality and the correct completion of the processes. You forbid the sidewalk; and we walk forward by the kerbstone. You forbid the road; and we will walk forward by the mountain path. Whatever it is what you forbid, we will find the door of the freedom, and your clumsy tantrum will not achieve the objectives of contempt. You can not stop a people who knows where it goes. You can not neglect the will of milions of people who know they are a nation. Your clumsy tantrum symbolizes the failure of intolerance. As Winston Churchill said: “The cause of freedom has in it a recuperative power and virtue which can draw from misfortune new hope and new strength”.  We will not retreat. You can come with your prohibitions, with the Constitutional Court invaded by individuals related to your party, with the ethernal no, and no, and no... as the only answer to a milenary country... We will not retreat. You will be able to envy the army, to ban our parliament, to impose your tyranny, to say to Catalonia that it is no a country... We will not retreat. Millions of people who want to speak in the polls never will retreat. Millions of people who love their language, who feel their efforts in their foreheads and in their sweat and in their work... never will retreat. You are not offending the whim of a few citizens; you are attacking the dignity and the soul of a nation. We will not retreat. We are only asking the right to express the will of our country in a democratic way. You are perverting the meaning of democracy when you subject the free expression of a country ( that is aware of going a country) to the absolute refusal to listen to people. You have put the fossilization of the law above the rights of the cultures who make up the Spanish State.

And I'm going to write another sentence of Sir Winston Churchill: “Can peace, goodwill, and confidence be built upon submission to wrong-doing backed by force?” You should ask yourself this question. What sort of Spain are you dreaming? The Spain of silenced peoples? The Spain of legal strings? The Spain of continuing threats when people express their will for their homelands, their hopes for their political future? The Spain of the violences and confrontations? The Spain that humiliates the flags of its countries, the accents of the languages that sound in its lands...? The Spain that fears the richness of its nations?   You are building a future over the rotten foundations of imposition and intolerance.  And you are not Spain, Spain is the people but Spain also are the peoples, the lands, the countries, the nations that integrate the state. You can deny, forbid, prevent, offend, belittle, disregard... the dreams of millions of persons. But We will not retreat... we will find the gate, within the international legality, to achieve peacefully the hopes of our families and our people. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

What is happening in Catalonia.

In 2010, a Spanish sentence cropped and diminished the Catalan Statute. The Catalan Statute had been voted by most of the Catalan people. This statute accepted the evidence that Catalonia was a nation, and also accepted the fact that this nation belonged to Spanish State. Several persons from Spain's hierarchy banned many of the articles of this statute. For instance, they prohibited the word “nation” for Catalonia and they removed other important points that were tied with the Catalonia's dignity and with their identity's signs.
From that moment, Catalonia woke up from a relatively long time of resignation, and started a hard and persistent path to where the freedom and the autodetermination's right is.

We choose to go to the freedom's land, not because it is a land of material richness and economical power, but because it is the land of our soul, of our right of being a nation.
We choose to go to the freedom's land because we want to be a free people, a people living in the state that their citizens have chosen.
We choose to go to the freedom's land because a country don't belong to a biggest state when it is despised and enforced but when it can decide what it wants to be and where it wants to go.

From 2010 till now, Catalonia has lived the biggest popular demonstrations of its history with the 20% of its population claiming in the streets and asking for their right to vote to decide their future as a country. The answer of Spanish Government has always been the same: “ are not a country... you have no sovereignty; the sovereignty belongs to the whole Spanish people... so you are not a country but a fragment of the only country that exists that is Spain”.

The negation of Catalonia as a country, as a nation, as a people... has been the unchanging answer of the Spanish Government to the milions of persons that have been demonstrating and claiming in the streets of Catalonia in a peaceful way. And these people have their own language, their own culture, their own history, their own style...

One year ago, the president of Catalonia convoked a consultation so that Catalonia people could express their opinion about the idea of being an independant state different to Spain, or about the idea of being an state inside Spanish State, or about the possibility of being only a regional authonomy... The votation had to take place on november 9, but the Spanish State impugned the law that allowed this consultation and therefor this democratic process was paralysed.
The President of Catalonia and any person who didn't renounce to the idea of organizing the votation would be disable on their professional careers and in many cases they could be arrested and jailed. After some days of uncertainty, the Catalan Government decided to use the only three points of the consultation's law that the Spanish Government hadn't impugned. The Catalan Government designed a new consultation using the parameters of those non impugned three points, and therefor the next november 9, there will be a votation where people will be able to express their will about the future of their country. 

What does Spanish Government say now? Not much. They mostly remain silent and when they speak they usually despise the votation, saying that it is not really a consultation but a simulacrum. However, the game is not still won... The Spanish Government can still deny the right to vote. But this prohibition would prove its dictatorial style and its lack of democracy.

The fact is that this consultation is not a simulacrum. Catalonia will vote next november 9. Then, after this consultation, the Catalan Government will probably convoke the electoral process to the Catalan Parliament, probably at spring time. In this election, the political parties who advocate the right of Catalonia to choose its future will probably run in an unique electoral list as they were an only political party , and in their electoral program they will write the plot of the next path towards the freedom of Catalonia. 

This is the situation. Finally, the next november 9 there will be a consultation. The Catalan Process has not finished. It has just started. The Spanish prohibitions only will reinforce the will of freedom of Catalan People. Nobody can drown the voice of a people. Nobody can fight against the will of a nation. The rivers always run free in spite the efforts of the dictatorships. There's no exist any unchanging law that be more important than human dignity. And the right to be and to decide of all the cultures are deeply tied with human dignity.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dialogue, democracy, peace, tolerance... This is the road.

 This blog writes what many catalan people feel in their hearts. Probably, many Spanish people, beyond Catalonia, don't understand this feelings. There has been a deep and strong work of distortion in all over Spain for the last centuries. Spanish people, all the honest citizens, have been cheated for decades about the plurinational character of their state. They have been indoctrinated in the idea of a only Spain, of a uniform Spain, of a uniform and only nation. It must be hard to accept that the only nation that schoolmasters taught us for our tender years of childhood is really a big state made of many cultures, many nations, many peoples, fraternal nations, fraternal peoples... that for many years have grown together, sometimes due to the force of the weapons. 
Milions of persons ignore the reality of Spain. The imposition of Castile has despised any other soul, shelving any other language at the corner of unimportant issues. The aversion to the non understood languages has subjected the state to the chauvinist monolingualism. This monolingualism prevents the full understanding of human diversity and puts roadblocks in the path of the cultural empathy and in the coexistence among different peoples. Ignorance rather than an attribute is an attitude. The fear of different cultures is a human decrease, and a seed of violence and hate. 
This blog, besides talking about other issues, tries to express what many catalan people feel about the constant denial of their rights as a people. And this feelings are deeply true and pure.
We wish to express that the will of “being” of a country will never be a reality that be able to harm anyone, because all the peoples have the right to be and to grow in the middle of the lands and countries of the human kind. 
This blog is made by a team of Catalan people that has been living in Catalonia for decades (more than forty years) and they feel in their veins the heartbeat of the people. Those who hate one people are really hating all the peoples in the world. Those who respect and hear the feelings and the will of one people are respecting and hearing the feelings and the wills of all the peoples in the world. Dialogue, democracy, peace, tolerance... are the road... Conversely,  imposing, prohibition, imposed silence, legal shields, violence... are the worst expression of human essence.

Friday, October 10, 2014

-"You can't" -says Spain.

 -“You can't” -says the Spanish authorities to the Catalan People. 
”You can't call yourself “nation”
“You can't write on your laws that Catalonia is a nation”
“You can't convoke any democratic consultation”
“You can't decide the strategies of your education system”
“You can't manage your taxes”
“You can't decide the budgets of your country”
“You can't be a country, only a part of a bigger country.”
“You can't denounce the torturers and the executioners of the last dictatorship”
“You can't have your own national soccer team, nor your own national selection in any sport”.
“You can't propose your language as an official European language in the parliament of European Union.”
“You can't use your language in the courts, in the police station, in the borders..."
“You can't wave the flag of Catalonia in your ships and boats, vessels, frigates...”
“You can't show the signs and the words of your country in your car's registration plate...”
“You can't speak in Catalan when you speak with the Police ot the Civil Guard”
“You can be arrested and mistreated by the police when you wave the flag of your nation in a soccer field, and the authorities will not hear you claim nor help you when you denounce this injustice”
“The aspirations of your country will be judged and always vetoed by a Constitutional Court that is not politically neutral, with members of this court that are related with the political party that rules in Spain”

And finally, if you feel sad, you can't claim, because if you claim, you will be called sniveller... And if you express your wish of changing the political status of your country, you will be called separatist, radical, anti-solidary, conceited... And if you want to vote to decide if your nation remains in Spain or if you nation starts a new path as an independant nation, you will be called antidemocratic and intolerant...

Does any democratic nation think that this lack of freedom is only an inner matter of Spain? 

Monday, October 6, 2014

The “others” are not bothers but brothers; brothers and sisters in this strange and beauteous existence.

Sometimes, life is unable to tell us why we feel as we missed some indeterminated thing. This misterious thing that we miss may be a reality that society has always stealing us.
A swift ride may not be enough to understand the issue. We need a slow walk to contemplate the instant that we are living.
We are often sucked by the black pipe of the productivity. The world convinces us to feel as we were bees chasing a happiness that we always seek in the future; in a future hive of honey.
The modern world's priests of fashion and power with the dazzle of their clothes, and their cars, and their rings, and their snobs shapes... seem to grant us the privilege of imitating them. They assure us that our existence have only value if we live like them, if we seem to them.
The secret of the power over the men and women of the world hides in the fear and in the lie. Therefor, those who aren't afraid become free, and those who don't believe all the mermaid's songs, become free too.
The greatest deeds aren't the wars but the smiles, aren't the far and dangerous travels but the wisdom of walking slowly by a street of your town, discovering the hidden beauty of the daily shapes. The greatest deeds are the capacity to be free, to go beyond the edges of the social canons, keeping the strong will of loving people because we feel that they are those who we may had been if we had existed in their circumstances. The “others” are not bothers but brothers; brothers and sisters in this strange and beauteous existence.
Sometimes, our mind ascribes false skills to the “others”. Another times, it ascribes them false defects... because our mind is a product of the species evolution, that fights to survive, transforming the reality into a different story, a story that reinforces our ego, our self-esteem.
We need to be happy to be able to answer our own mind, to tell our mind that the “others” are only those who we would have been if we had existed in the body and the circumstances of the “others”.
We must grant them the gift of being loved by us. No one should bypasses the empathy, the compassion, the true and deep love towards all the people.
Our inmost mind knows that the “others” are like each of us.
The life looks curiously at us when we watch it without fear in our eyes. It's easy enough to see the happiness when we leave all the fears. 
It's hardly worth examining and sifting all the causes and explanations of the individual attittudes. We can try to study them in a general way through the brain's science, however we must leave the trend to judge or to condemn or to hate.
The love is the most effective therapy for those who hate. If I hate you, please... love me... because (due to my hate) I need your love more than any other person. Usually, when you offer love, you generate love too.
Meantime, happiness arises like the sun in a bright summer morning near the sea. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

The representants of the people of Catalonia decide to continue with the votation that Spanish Government has banned.

"We go ahead, and we do it together" 
Artur Mas, President of Catalonia
 In this moments the representants of the people of Catalonia are proclaiming their will of walking towards the votation that Spain's government has banned.In this moments the representants of the people of Catalonia are proclaiming their will of walking towards the votation that Spain's government has banned.  
Please. Help! We need the words of all the democratic people of the world to convince Spanish government to permit that Catalan people can vote. The banned of Spanish Constitutional Court has no sense because the arguments that this court gave were political arguments and this Court only can proclame juridic arguments. Voting to know the opinion of a people never can be illegal.
This was only a non binding votation to ask people if they wish to start a legal process in Spain to change constitution to allow that every land of Spain could vote to be in the Spanish state.
Please help!
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Or read International Papers:

Los Àngeles Time: Can Spain and Catalonia's marriage be saved? Let the Catalans vote
Harvard Political Review: Catalonia in Contention

Bloomberg: First Scotland, Now Spain


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

For having a democracy (and in order to have a democracy), we need not only the compliance of the laws, we also need that these laws be democratic laws.

Yesterday, Spain, suffered a sad and deep democratic regression, or perhaps It showed that its democracy has the roots in the dark earth of the former dictatorial regime. What happened was that a non binding votation was forbidden to catalan people. A votation that only wanted to ask people about their wishes of starting a process to change the Constitution. For having a democracy, and in order to have a democracy, we need not only the compliance of the laws, we also need that these laws be democratic laws. If the Spanish Constitution doesn't allow a non binding votation to ask catalan people their will about the decission of starting a process to change this Constitution ( to start a legal process through legal state's mechanisms)... if this happens this fact means that this Constitution is not a democratic constitution. The idea that expresses that this constitution is not a democratic constitution is not a crazy idea. This Constitution was born in the first times after the dictator Franco, when the winds of the dictatorship still blew. In those times, people could only decide between this Constitution and a dark and dangerous future without clear enough rights.
Besides... Mr Rajoy, the president of Spain, didn't tell the truth when he said on monday that “no one group of Spaniards could take decisions on sovereignty that affected the whole country” In fact, the votation wasn't convoked to take decisions on sovereignty that affected the whole country but to ask to the catalan people if they wanted to start a change in the constitution through legal steps and under the spanish laws. This fact means that Mr Rajoy did not read, or did not understand, the parameters of the votation, or that perhaps he really was lying.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spain is not a real union if It doesn't accept the will of union of the nations that form it.

A bath in loch ness (Scotland) 
with the Catalan Banner on hands.
The  human maturity is a gift of all the persons who have learned to love; to love persons and peoples. The differences between the peoples, differences on languages, on views, on cultures... mean a richness from the point of view of mature people that have learned to love human kind and its diversity. 
However, exists a sindrome, an illness of the souls, an animal pulsion, a bestial power that push the persons to hate those who are differents. Some people hate the peoples that, inside their same political state, use a different language, have a different style or culture or habits or laws or life's conception... This fact is really an illness, a shameful and ugly illness, an illness that has its roots on the ignorance and the chauvinism of a bad education, an education tied to the hate to all the ideas or realities that endanger the war's possessions of the political state.
This is the drama of Catalonia, a nation decreased by the instinctive contempt of so many spanish governments that fear the culture, the freedom and the power of Catalan Nation.   When bourbon troops destroyed Barcelona in 1714, and when Spanish Bourbon Crown derogated the Catalan government, this centralist dinasty made efforts to delete any sign of what once Catalonia was. 
"Como si no tuviera gobierno alguno" (like they hadn't any kind of government) the spanish authorities wrote when they occupied the catalan country. 
They not only abolished catalan institutions, they also tried to delete any mark, any sign, any memory of what this institutions had been. They tried to show that Catalan nation never had existed. The Barcelona's banners and Saint Eulalia's pennon were stolen by the bourbon army and taken away to Madrid. The Marquis of Castel Rodrigo, that was the general of the Bourbon army, burned all the books, symbols, and signals of what had been the old catalan state.
"Y que no quede memoria de ellos..." (And that no one remember them...) said this monstrous person, educated in the hate to all that was different.

The current Spanish government defends with its attitude the scurfy and pathetic chauvinism of bourbon dinasty, treating Catalonia as it wasn't a nation, disregarding its will of nation, its will of deciding its own linguistical and educative police, and squeezing the economy of a land that have been working hard for centuries. 

At least, we want to decide in a democratic votation what we want for our land. Spain is not a real union if It doesn't accept the will of union of the nations that form it. If this votation shows the will of belonging to Spain, we will belong to Spain with joy. Laws don't make nations, the nations make laws. 

As you know, next november 9th, Catalan government, obeying the will of its parliament, has convoked a non binding votation to show what catalan people think about their future as a nation. Spanish government doesn't allow that votation. This prohibition has increased the number of persons that think that independence is the only way to live as a catalan in an asphyxiating circumstances of impositions and prohibitions.

Why Spain doesn't allow a democratic way of solving a conflict? What is Spain afraid of?  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reasons why to vote YES for Scotish independence. (The view of a foreigner)

Only Scotland's people can decide their future, and I deeply want what Scotland's people decide, whatever this decission be. The only and real victory will be what people decide. However, despite I am not Scottish, and that I'm Catalan, from my far view,  I would humbly like to express to you, Scotland's people, my wishes of independence for you. But I want to insist in the fact that my wishes do not matter; the only important and essential issue is the opinion of Scotland's people. 

Why I think that the independence is the best future for Scotland?   

-... because, perhaps, one day, the government of UK may not be like the present UK's government, that is democratic and respectful. And  because perhaps, one day, a future UK's Prime Minister may not respect the right of Scottish people to be free, to have a parliament, to call themself “nation”... If Scotland gets its independence, this drama will never happen.

-...because, perhaps, one day, in a far future, Scotland's people want to be independent... and perhaps that day, the UK's government may not allow a referendum... and perhaps that day this prohibition may produce an explossion of violence and war. The peacefully freedom of today can avoid the possible war of tomorrow.

-...because with a yes to the independence, Scotland will teach to the world that to reach a political aim none needs to war nor to hate nor to destroy anyone... Now is the time to leave archaic and bestial ways to solve conflicts. Now is the time to turn violence into dialogue. Now is the time to transform the contempts into democratic attittudes.

-...because the capacity of every nation to decide all about itself  is a natural power, and a good power, and a healthy  power... more healthy than the charge of depending on other people to decide about the own interests. 

-...because with a yes to independence will become true the dreams of those who gave their lifes to achieve a free nation; Robert The Bruce, William Wallace, Andrew of Moray... and many more...

-...because the great achievements need great risks. And because the right to decide the own policies and the own fates is a great achievement. The great victories need the braveness and the generosity of taking risks to benefit the future generations: your sons, the sons of your sons, and all those to come. The future generations will thank today's generation for its braveness and generosity on the decission of building a free an independant nation.

-...because the democratic oportunities to reach independence are not abundant, are rare chances. If Scotland looses this occasion, many generations will lament this wastage. For centuries, in the past, many people have yearned a free and independant Scotland. And in the future, many people will remember this moment and this chance.   

As a catalan citizen, I dream for my little country an opportunity like yours... You already have this opportunity. Make it! Be free!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Edinburgh in the night.

Edinburgh in the night,
and a explossion of light,
with the stone of the fronts,
drawing up smart lines 
of the dreams and the drums,
in the dark city's closes,
while a fairy sings loud,
and a lullaby sounds, 
through a window in pale
yellow candle of oil,  
under the biggest moon
beyond the fog it shines
dress of colours and roses
beside the freedom's minds
where the great poet lies
despite the time goes by.
For a soul of his age
he is pure like a child
at the end of the days.

                                                Jeremias Soler

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Letter to the world in the national day of Catalonia (September, 11th) We are made of ten thousand bloods, we are not a race, we are a soul, and this is your land, because our doors are open.

The people, Catalonia's persons, their dreams, their decisions, their hope... don't belong to Spain. What people is, what people want, what people love... doesn't belong to Spain. The value of every person of Catalonia, his natural right to opine about the future of his country, about his language, about his education... doesn't belong to Spain.
This Thursday, september 11th, Catalonia celebrates its national day. In this day, three hundred years before, the army of the king of Spain, Phillip V, destroyed the city of Barcelona and killed its main defendants and many of its citizens. From that moment, Spain banned the use of catalan language, enforcing spanish language in oficial life, and abolished the government of catalan nation, initiating a plan to delete Catalonia from the set of the world's nations. Someone could find strange that Catalonia celebrates its national day in the date of a defeat, but we celebrate that despite defeating we are still alive, we are still a nation, and that more than six milions of persons speak catalan. We are a nation without state, but we "are", and our wishes and hopes will never be banned for any law or repression. The most powerfull way of being is being despite the attacks of those who wish our destruction as a nation. Nothing is so real as the country that exists despite the difficulties and the contempts. Our core, as a nation, is our will of being. No one, not even Franco, with all his repression and dictatorship, could not dissolve our culture. This is our victory. We have no weapons, we are a pacific country. Our strongest weapon is our culture, our sanity, our words, our will of dialogue, our capacity to host people from around the world. We are made of ten thousand bloods, we are not a race, we are a soul, and this is your land, because our doors are open.

Next novembre 9, we want to vote in a referendum that Spanish government doesn't allow. Probably our Catalan government will be suspended and our president will be incarcerated, but... what  is the legitimacy of Spanish State if its strategy to continue existing is to forbid the will of six milions of persons? 

When these dramatic events occur, we will need your love, your support, your voice, your opinion, your empathy, your friendship... we'll never use weapons, we believe in the votes and the words... When  our little european country be crushed, our only weapon will be your voice. 
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