Searching for dignity

jordis-presJordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart are now in jail for 140 days because of their political ideas about an independent state of Catalonia. For the same reason, vice president Oriol Junqueras en minister Quim Forn are deprived from their liberty now during 127 days. They are accused of sedition, which implies armed violence.

This article was initially written to my contacts at LinkedIn.

A dignified job, and life in general, is impossible if fundamental human and civil rights are broken. This is the case in Spain, member of the European Union and with its permissive silence.

To my friends and professional contacts at LinkedIn,
The LinkedIn network is mainly concerned about jobs, professional connections and career development. Though, the most important aspect of life, at least to me, is dignity. A dignified job is all we search for, of course. Although it might be one of the most important aspects, such a job will definitely not give the glorified thing if dignity in general is absent. Currently I have been confronted with this situation.

My second country where I have been living during the last 22 years was Catalonia, an autonomic region in Spain with its main city Barcelona. About eight years ago people of this region concluded they could not be part anymore of Spain. Their dignity had been reduced to a minimum when the Constitutional Court sentenced against the new Statute that the Catalan language was not allowed to be the main language of the area as Catalonia cannot be regarded as a nation. After the Franco regime, many years of struggle, negotiations and non-fulfilled promises about the ways to fit the region within Spain as a common project had become exhausted. People started to search a way to decide about their own future. Since 2012, protest demonstrations were held for an independent Catalan state within the European Union. All demonstrations, where often more than a million people participated, have been exemplary peacefully and the entire political process towards the Catalan independency has always been democratic and with respect of its minorities and the Spanish state. Even though the Spanish government has never been willing to negotiate about a referendum about an independent Catalonia. After all terms for negotiating were exhausted and the Catalan government was forced to organize a referendum on its behalf to fulfill their promise against their voters, a referendum was organized at 1 October 2017. We all have seen the violent images of the Policia Nacional and Gaurdia Civil on that commemorative day, not in order to stop the referendum, but just to spread fear and violence among the Catalan people. Since then, civil and political leaders have been put in jail and others, like president Puigdemont, moved out from Spain in order to fled injustice. The Catalan autonomy has been intervened and fundamental human en civil rights have been deteriorated severely. The results of the imposed, illegal elections by the central government of president Mariano Rajoy, however, were won again by the independency parties. The central government, and their political alliances, however, do not accept this democratic result. In addition, the highest courts in Spain, like the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court, are directly influenced by the political forces. This deterioration of democracy has been denounced by different independent parties, like Amnesty International.

All this annoys me very much. That’s why I am currently not mainly concerned about a dignified job, but in a dignified live in general in this part of the world where life has led me to. As an engineer, solving non-linear differential equations, like the Navier-Stokes equation, or validating its results by experimental technologies like Particle Image Velicometry, have currently become a lower priority than optimizing the boundary conditions of LIFE. Although I mostly prefer to solve the first problem, the second one is of more importance to me.

Further reading.
If you like to read the Spanish government’s opinion and its typical view on democracy and on reality in general, so to say, any large Spanish newspaper will perfectly serve you. Only the Spanish newspaper El Publico is an exception on this. Concerning the Spanish unity, the central government, justice and the media form a tremendous team of collaboration against the Catalan will to become an independent republic. In Catalonia the regional diaries Ara (, Vilaweb (, El Nacional (, who publish their main articles in English as well, give quite a good idea about the conflict from a different point of view. The Emma collective ( gathers press publications from worldwide. The Wilson collective (, an association of international recognized scientifics, and the Praga collective, an association of lawyers (mainly in Catalan and Spanish, explain the cause and their point of view about the conflict. For those who understand the Dutch language, I keep up a Web blog about this conflict at

“Where did this guy learn to write? He wrote a disastrous PhD thesis with very few citations, if any.”
“Oppression provokes creativity”
“No, it’s the wine.”
“OK, I admit. I drunk a glass”
“Did you ever hear about the Stockholm syndrome?”
“Yes, quite a few politicians in Catalonia suffer from this.”

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As engineer in physics I am mainly interested in technology and science. But also in (analog) photography and related arts. I practice some sport, like biking. I also collaborate to improve the real life boundary conditions of my second country.