Saturday 10 April 2010

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All Europeans are Polish citizens today.


Ben said...

Please don't hijack the voice of over 800 million people.

Julien Frisch said...

I am not trying to hijack anyone but since all our political representatives are expressing their condolences and the tragedy is on top of the news all around the continent we are all Polish citizens now, whether we want it or not.

Ben said...

"whether we want it or not"

Well, now you made me rise my other brow too. I find your interpretation of a phrase symbolically so strong quite unusual, to put it mildly.

So it's because it's on the news and politicians express their condolences, which is a matter a tact and diplomatic protocol? How often has my citizenship been automatically transfered this way in 2010 alone then?

You're kidding.

I'd rather prefer to find my own response to human suffering. I'd rather prefer to reserve some reactions to tragedies on the scale of the Haiti earthquake. I'd rather prefer to leave others in the box of phrases better left unuttered. Most of all, I'd rather prefer to speak for myself.

Julien Frisch said...

I don't want to try to win an argument over this story. I totally understand what you mean and I agree with you.

(PS.: I think you also know how I meant the initial sentence, especially since I am somebody who feels much more like a European citizen and a citizen of the world than somebody underlining national citizenship and identity.)