Here we are once again writing about a subject that in this part of the world will be put to the test next week – When Scotland goes to the poll – In or out.
What exactly are the Scots being asked to determining.? Are they being asked as who its citizens are whether modern or traditional, European or non-European.
Or are they having an independent Scotland’s moment, giving concrete form to the tricky question of ‘who are the Scots’?
Or ! If creativity is not grounded in the soul, then reality is reduced only to the quantifiable parameters of markets and money; and with that, politics gets reduced only to the question of whether Scotland will be better or worse off with or without England until the oil runs out.
Now let me say that no writer writes in a vacuum but in this case that is exactly what I am doing because I believe that a nation is a soul of forgotten voices, a spiritual principle.
But in reality nationhood is often defined in terms of commonness of culture, language, history, ethnicity, religion and spirit.
The terms nation, nationhood, nationality seem to have become distant at a time when globalization, multiculturalism, intercultural or cross-cultural communication define the way we live with respect to ourselves, the others and the environment on the whole. This becomes usually more emphatic in times of hardships for a country, especially during foreign invasion.
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori once summoned together people of different age and background to defend one’s country and culture.
So lets ask the question.
In the world as we know it to-day what do you think constitutes a nation or nationhood.? ( If your brave enough lets hear your views)
The world today is demarcated by borders according to the positioning of sovereign states of nations. Despite this, this sense of commonness as defined above is hard to maintain in present day society, when social, economic, demographic, technological and other developments take place in an eye shut.
Thus, in the present society a new feeling of commonness appears to define nation, nationality and nationhood. It is the attempt to balance “civic citizenship” against “cultural citizenship”
Nations are not naturally occurring phenomenon and nationalism pursues a behavioral entity of the nation.
Nations are basically fabrications and constructions perceived in the minds of ‘man’. the nation is an ‘imagined political community.
Another words the nation is now an exchange of cultures, and the erasure of borders and boundaries have given way to a globalized world in which all cultures negotiate.
Cohesive elements are provided by language, religion, shared historical experiences, physical congruity and others.
Nations can exist with or without a distinct political identity, that a ‘nation’ is the product and is born out of the birth of ‘Capitalism’,especially ‘print capitalism’ that enables the dissemination, development and spread of the imagination and subjective awareness in raising the feelings of ‘togetherness’,‘belongingness’ and the inclusive ‘we’, in the bond of world consumerism.
This type of cultures have slowly eroded our Western and Eastern culture in an attempt to fused our culture, to give birth to hybrids and mutants.
We need to start by asking the much deeper question of what we think that life is all about. What is a human being? Are we just egos walking about on legs of meat, here today, gone tomorrow?
While many of the broader discussions of globalization and regionalisation convey an air of inevitability, most neither advocate nor address the vexed issues raised by the free flow of people.
What, then, does the Nation or Nationhood mean to ordinary people?
Nationalism’ is a sentiment of loyalty towards the nation, which is shared by people, inherited blinkers of race and religion, what we call ‘loyalty to truth and beauty, justice and freedom or is the project to make the political unit, the state (or polity) congruent with the cultural unit, the nation.
A good example is the Current state of affairs in Syria, Iraq with a violent secessionist movements in the form of ISIS trying to create a Muslim State.
Instead of living in harmony as most imagined nations around the world, this Lot of barbaric wankers want to create a nation with its roots in fear, suspicion and hatred of the other.
While in Europe, North America, Soviet Union and the UK there is a growing backlash against immigration and multiculturalism. Nationalism and its xenophobic correlates continue to flourish to no avail because flows of transnational migration will unseated the nation-state as the dominant form of political organization in the world today due to Inequality and Poverty, and Greed.
To have common glories in the past and to have a common will in the present; to have performed great deeds together, to wish to perform still more – these are the essential conditions for being a people, a Nation. Long live free Scotland.