difficulties to find a balance
The issue of national self-determination persists and unitary states are struggling to cope with it. The left, particularly, seems psychologically unprepared for the eruption of struggles for democracy and social justice where nation and ethnicity, not class, is the driver. The EU is struggling with this problem in Catalonia, bur also in several other areas. Its founding treaty does not include the right to self-determination of peoples – preferring instead to give that right only to nations already recognized as states.
Depending on whether people first think about the diverse places or past and future of this complex continent, or whether they feel the horror of the refugees and at the borders, or whether they are economically or rather ecologically biased, or have worked or traveled in different parts of this allegedly developed area, they will come to completely different opinions and conclusions.
That must not be bad. The essential point could be to bring all these points of view and influences to a viable balance like a living being, which wants to live and to prosper and to come along with all the “usual” difficulties. But these points exactly are the themes of this website. There are pages about private and public and even general aspects of life, about development and growth, which has a lot to do with prospering, and about coming along by means of a special type of way called boringly the middle one. Why ignore it?
© Copyright and all rights Hans J. Unsoeld, Berlin 2018
Updated April 24, 2018