Whenever my mam comes round she always comments on how much my cat has grown since the last time she saw her. For myself and Angharad, who live with her day in day out, she doesn’t seem to have grown at all. It only sinks in when we scroll through our Instagram feeds and compare her size to when we first got her. The phenomenon of not noticing progression (especially when it’s directly in front of you) is extremely common in life.
Last year I took a few hours out of being totally a Welsh teacher to also be a history teacher. Part of the scheme of work discussed and analysed the road between both World Wars – Germany’s Wiemar Republic and the League of Nations.
As a teacher constantly trying to understand the psychology of my students in order to empathise with their learning experience and offer the teaching I feel best suits their needs, I find large parts of my lesson planning watching various slideshows and videos attempting to myself in the students’ shoes. One side-effect of this philosophy on teaching is how I interpret myself the information I’m about to teach.
When discussing the timeline of significant events between the wars, I often fall into the trap of thinking that the time taken, for example, for the League of Nations’ failure with Japan and their failure with Italy was long. In truth, it was merely 3 years. When we look deeper into the events that led to WW2, we see that significant events happened once every few days.
As people inhabiting the British isles, it’s easy for us to let the events in Catalunya pass us by. From the terrible scenes of Spanish police battering people simply because they wanted to cast a vote merely two weeks ago, to more recent news that, essentially, a warrant for the arrest of the Catalan President has been granted by the Spanish authorities (despite the fact they no longer have jurisdiction in Catalunya) which could see Carles Puidemont face 30 years in prison for ‘treason.’
As the news trickles down through our ever-biased media we can feel that the cause for Catalans is quitening and we are allowed to ‘lay of the gas’ with regards to showing our support for Europe’s newest nation. There is no doubt that the volatility of the situation in Catalunya at present could easily escalate to being not only a Catalan-Spanish problem, but also a European and a global one.
As a warning from the past: Do not hold back in your support of the Catalan people and their democratic right to self-determination.
Visca Catalunya Lliure.
Saf Cymru gyda chwi.