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Admire to Catalonia, Mr. Suso de Toro?

(¿Qué admiremos a Cataluña, don Suso de Toro?

My father taught me to admire Catalonia. From Falange and veteran, was stationed there during the second half of the 40s. Returning to Galicia and marry, went to Barcelona on our honeymoon, in part because he wanted my mother knew that land. We had that it, when spoken in Catalan (not uncommon in Barcelona in 1953) answered in Galician, and Castilian ended the conversation. My father laughed in those situations because she annoyed him a lot, but that did not prevent him back admired there. And his anger was the logical explanation that my grandfather had taught since childhood to respond in the language in which he addressed them, Galician or Castilian, as a form of courtesy must. Both she and my father knew also writing in Galician, than they used to in the correspondence kept at the time to annoy military censorship, and never pursued them so…

I will not deny the specific contempt situations that may have felt the Catalan speaking to those who had the claim to always know exactly which were the essence of being Spanish, because that what my mother felt contempt in Corunna in the early 60. Always spoke to us in Galician until one summer at the beach of Riazor, a lady approached him to insinuate that he was leaving her husband look bad, not to do in Castilian. After a family conclave decided not to speak in Galician us, but that did not stop what we learned because all the summers spent in Galician speaker environment.

Nor deny that education was compulsory in Castilian, regardless of the student’s mother speaks, as now it is in Galician and Catalan in their communities, but the parents do not know more than the Castilian and that is all I have heard the child. A nonsense before and a nonsense now.

As I learned from my family, I do not need anyone to tell me I should admire Catalonia, even if it does at all because I do not confuse the community with an ideology, a political party or a single thought, as they seem to do all those who say speak on behalf of the people or that other, including Mr. De Toro.

This distinguished countryman in an article urges us to admire Catalonia, but when one goes beyond the title is that it is a doctrine that promotes a specific political event and, basically, what is politically correct for himself as a Catalan become, or to the left from its pedestal fictional, is determined always indoctrinate, teach, give us culture, etc.. Also, does not seem very smart, in a country where you read so little press, Madrid attributed to creating an awareness of Spain that distorted reality. That is as irrelevant as the genesis of secessionism attributed to the seemingly disciplined Catalan press.

Neither the newspapers nor the intellectuals, much as some would believe, have a real influence on the future of this country, the land of northeastern included. The political demagogue always browsed freely through ignorance generally, from the four corners: from Cadiz to Barcelona, ​​from Corunna to Almeria. Just read Ortega y Gasset, while not share your philosophy, or Unamuno, to realize that in a hundred years we have changed very little, except in primary literacy and living standards. But literacy is not enough if placed at the same height mastermind a propagandists will and disseminator, studies and work done with rigor. And will not go into details so no one is offended.

Sure it might happen that the provincial Catalonia, enclosed, boring, failed, outdated…, spoken of D. Jesus, is the interpretation Madrid newspapers give what is published in Barcelona, in the same way as those say more about what is published in Madrid on what you think the majority of Spanish, Catalan or not. But even if that were so, would be far from what they believe citizens, whether infirm town prejudices cling to as if they have a more spacious and modern, and corresponds to a time where not only travels but have wealth of information outside of traditional media.

Nor should bother Mr. Suso de Toro and those who share similar illusions because many Spanish pay no attention to the human chain or made ​​fun of. He says he should learn instead of mocking, but that they could be told about him and the supporters of the event. They should remember what Herodotus said of when Dario decided to fight the Scythians with a powerful army. When he finally came face to face both sides, appeared a hare running through them and the Scythians, without worrying too much about the Persian, began to play animal hunting revelry. Dario thought, understandably, that were not afraid of him or his troops and that same night secretly withdrew, not without bait camp slaves who accompanied them.

No say that the Catalanist also have slaves to sacrifice in their retreat, but prejudices and fixed ideas are too often the worst chains that trap people without them realizing, historical moments change sign according to time and leave the unwary trapped in their own ignorance.

I insist that it costs me nothing Catalonia admire the good thing, but I am not able to admire Suso de Toro or Catalanist, as nationalist ideology. An intellectual, if it is, you can not defend something only platitudes stigmas of the past, advertising and various obsessions. Nor is it necessary to disregard the alien to show the virtues, at least if you’re rational. That is sad paragraph where he states that as Galician, is a citizen of a defeated country was not able to overcome their history, which failed to stop plundering or humiliation, lacking nerve collective civic pride and as Spanish, comes of a fratricidal and uncivil country, marked by a regime that demoted him to the extreme, traumatic historical experience and deeper than is usually dispatched selfishly as “dictatorship”.

Those words come from a personal stigma from Mr. De Toro, so it’s understandable that extends to all the Galician people, and all the Spanish, vices, if it are, belong to people who have them and not necessarily the most do not, of course, to the whole. It can be a political default if defeat considers that a majority of the Galician people belonged from the beginning to the winning side of the Civil War. Curious defeat, but in a way it puts the level of Franco described the Spanish provinces of loyal or treacherous, according to the side which started the war. Or it may be a defect that does not allow him to understand the nerve civic and collective pride of Galicia, supported by the Spanish in good faith and demonstrated in different mishaps ranging from the Prestige to Angrois train crash, which is when displayed civility and pride, not a holiday trip…

And about the fratricidal and uncivil country of Spanish, which I guess includes the Catalans and himself, I say that has amply demonstrated over three decades he was able to live in democracy and peace, while mediocre politicians, the corrupt, the lawless and fanatical minorities were not able to ruin the system and alter the existing harmony within the differences and pluralism.

In short, the article Suso de Toro might make some sense if it had been published in 1976 or 1977, with the newly buried Dictator, which was and did not deny it. Today sounds like a broken bell, a distant wail of a ghost, a school ditty repeated by a Left that boasts the more intellectual shows its existing weaknesses and is able to sell its historic cheap internationalism and nationalism occasion. And all for an imaginary right to decide that, as has become clear recently, there is more than a propaganda slogan to deceive all who want to be deceived.

Pepe de Brantuas. September, 2013, in Spain.

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