Define independence

Prior warning…. I have no idea of the moral of this tale!

A few months ago I wrote a blog explaining my thoughts on Cornish nationalism and independence. I took the long way around explaining that it was a silly idea and that it should be forgotten. For this, I apologise.

Cornwall would be brilliant at self-autonomy. It would gain income from being a gorgeous place (and I’ve merely seen pictures) and its people would once again rule themselves as they did many years ago. I apologise for my co-patriot’s [Henry VII] actions towards the Cornish during his reign, by the way.

Independence would be amazing!

But what exactly is ‘independence?’ Here I go again to find a suitable definition from the world-wide web….:

1. not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
2. not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free: an independent businessman.
3. not influenced by the thought or action of others: independent research.
4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
5. not relying on another or others for aid or support.

On first glance, to be fair, it seems that independence requires you to have no connection with anyone or anything. A state of being where one takes no influence nor advice from anyone or anything. Surely that’s a silly thing, right?
It’s good to talk about ideas and feelings. “A problem shared is a problem halved” et cetera! And it makes me think whether ‘united we stand’ is the best way. To lean on those we feel closest to. To know that, no matter what, they will understand. To fight even the most un-winalbe battles side-by-side. Onan hag oll!
So why isn’t Cornwall independent already? Well I suppose she is. She has a language that grows by the day and a people who discover their patriotism by simply looking at a bilingual signpost. The people and lands of Cornwall are independent….

But independence also requires belief. Belief that one can do and achieve anything they wish without concerning themselves over what-might-become-of-this-situation. Worry later, it’ll be fine et cetera. Only the rarest of Cornishmen have this. Even fewer than us Welshies, and we’re still towing the line, as it were.

Is anyone truly independent? Is independence even a word?

No! Smiley face 🙂


5 thoughts on “Define independence

  1. How would you define, let’s say, Denmark then? or Norway? Or Luxembourg? What title would you give these states?

  2. I’d agree that most states aren’t truly independent, as the unionists argue; we live in an inter-dependent world, there is no such thing as independence. It is, of course, a valid point, but if Scotland were to vote yes in 2014; she would simply have the same powers as other sovereign states. The same is true for Wales, we wouldn’t, of course, become truly independent i.e. totally dependent on ourselves; we would simply have the same rights as other nations enjoy to make our own decisions whilst still depend on others.

  3. OK, Awesome. So I’d like to see Wales (and Cornwall) get the same national status as Denmark, Norway and Luxembourg – Awesome.

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