Memes, memes galore!
Some funny ones. Some serious ones. Some thought-provoking ones. Some with names on. Some anonymous. Some colourful ones. Some text-heavy ones. Some that no one can work out but you appreciate the effort.
Memes can be likened to the topical newspaper cartoons of old. They’re everywhere and are expanding.
YesCymru has thrown up some amazing graphics over the past year too.
I mean, they’ve had to – media in Wales doesn’t exist!
Any progressive movements towards the dignity of independence have come from the people who want it and them alone. They are the only people doing the research into Wales’ potential future.
Trawling social media a few days ago, the following graphic caught my eye:
A strong Welsh economy.
Never mind the content for a moment, I just love how personal it is. No computer-generated gifs and fonts. No fingers pointed. Just one person’s free time spent creating something to share with others. I love how simple yet forward-thinking it is – clearly outlining how Wales can right the wrongs that the United Kingdom has not addressed.
I, like many, will argue that a separate Welsh legal system is missing from the list. Sadly, that’s the very thing needed to transform most of the challenges currently facing Wales and its people.
Perhaps ironically, it misses out Wales’ need for its own media too!
Some might say that it also misses out Wales’ ‘elephants in the room’ such as the increasing numbers of English retirees (who come largely for peace, scenery and free prescriptions) who largely straight-up refuse to integrate with and even consider Wales’ culture and heritage.
But therein lies the point. As beautiful and forward-looking as that ‘strong Welsh economy’ meme is, it misses things out. It proves that, even as a collective, we don’t know everything. We don’t yet have all the answers. And that’s ok as long as we’re willing to get together and to learn together. Not simply to open people’s eyes to the wonders of Welsh independence, but also to prepare us all for the possibility that we may eventually be thrust into it rather than winning it via a referendum. The people around us are the ones with whom we’ll be working in order to make our new nation a success.
Independence won’t be a walk in the park. There will be immense challenges and sacrifices. Challenges and sacrifices that unionists et al will exploit as ammunition to say it was all a bad idea.
And rightly so. Scrutiny is a necessity. Having many sides of an argument ensures all bases are covered. In Wales’ current quest on the path to independence, YesCymru is that scrutiny. With a bit of luck, one day its rôle will change.
Back in 2014 I gave a speech on Owain Glyndŵr to celebrate his ‘visit’ to Rhuthun on the road to his independent Wales.
Perhaps it was wrong of me to claim such a thing – for no one alive today has ever had a meeting with Glyndŵr, of course – but I stated how I believe:
“Glyndŵr would rather have seen Wales fail as an independent nation than be consistently hammered under the thumb of a foreign monarchy.“
I guess, looking back, that statement was a little ‘black and white,’ wasn’t it? Subtlety wasn’t my thing!
I mean, of course Wales wouldn’t fail as an independent nation. I understand that not having all the answers yet means we don’t yet know in which areas we would struggle and in which areas we would lead the world, but it’s obvious to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together that we wouldn’t fail.
But, if we are to face hardship, I believe that Wales should face it on its own accord. Both success and blame should lie wholly on our own shoulders.
That was my point, anyway!
Maybe the Welsh media could do some digging for us and find some hard facts. Lol!
It is a reality that, for some fields, Welsh independence will bring about great prosperity. In others, it will bring challenges. Just as gambling with people’s futures is a selfish act, elements of an independent Wales will have to be selfish – much like ALL present governments of this earth have to be.
All governments gamble. I simply know I’d rather it be a Welsh government who gambles with my future rather than a British one who has shown over countless centuries that it neither comprehends nor considers the diverse and often peculiar needs of those who call Wales their home and the land in which they live.
Until yesterday, I was persistently disheartened to realise that even though vast benefits and prosperity will come from Welsh independence, some people who call Wales their home will feel the challenges more than others. Some will not prosper as much as others. Some will need to be patient.
Why until yesterday? Well, because even though I’ve heard Calon Lân a million times, its lyrics have never quite had as much of an effect on me before.
Nid wy’n gofyn bywyd moethus,
Aur y byd na’i berlau mân.
Gofyn wyf am galon hapus,
Calon onest, calon lân.
I ask not for a luxurious life,
Nor of gold and pearls.
I ask for a happy heart,
An honest heart, a pure heart.