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Union or divorce

In freedom, history, people, politics, relationship on December 2, 2013 at 20:48

Whatever the outcome, it is a sad picture when a country splits apart. On the emotional level, I am happy for Germany, reunited. I am happy that more countries join EU, even if there are some troubles and worries. I am happy for Switzerland which keeps its national unity even if its people speak different languages. It feels like a wedding or a long happy marriage. I am not so happy for Yugoslavia or Russia/Belarus/Ukraine, where most people spoke very similar languages, had similar history but they failed to stay together. Divorce is always a failure – even a civilized one (as long as we treat life long marriage as a positive thing).

When a country splits there are family, friend and business connections torn apart. Customs and visas may creep in, different laws, currencies, different holidays. There often a nasty stench of aggressive nationalism involved.

I think more personal and regional independence but more national (but not ethnically nationalist) unity is the step forward – not multiplying governments, boundaries, checkpoints, and bureaucracy.

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2012 at 20:00

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept you soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2012 at 09:48

Dare to use your own intelligence! This is the battle-cry of the Enlightenment… Dare to be free and respect the freedom and autonomy of others… .

Kant

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