The consciousness of the Catalan Countries must be restored (1979)

From the proclamation given by Josep Maria Llompart (Palma, 1925-1993) at the Festes de la Mercè and transcribed in theToday (22-IX-1979). Today, Saint John’s Day, is the Festa dels Països Catalans. The poet, essayist, book critic and translator Josep Maria Llompart, a member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, was a cultural activist promoting, like Guillem Forteza, a consensual pan-Catalanism.

May each of our countries be remade from its most elementary root, to move towards the point of convergence. Another Mallorcan, Guillem Forteza, expressed sixty-two years ago, with a beautiful metaphor, the purest sense of the Catalan Countries as a cultural and national community. This is the example of the cross vault, comparable to the famous example of the reed bush proposed by Ramon Muntaner, or that of the three spears, so gracefully described by Anselm Turmeda. “Taking into account only the spiritual configuration of our country – wrote Guillem Forteza – … we can compare it to a great cruise in which, for it to serve its own stability, at least the efforts must be concentrated and foundations at four points. The condition that these four points must each have resistance independent of that of the others makes this image serve to make known the concept we have of the true stability of our people. Majorcans think badly that they believe that their patriotism should be based on the spiritual site of the Principality of Catalonia or Valencia. Catalans think badly that they believe that all the strength of the homeland must weigh on them and they are the only ones who must counter it. Valencians think badly that they believe that the spiritual site of Valencia is useless and weak to rebuild the pillar that is needed at such a point. The Balearics, Catalans, Roussillon and Valencians think that any movement of translation that they give to the mainstay that they have from now on the obligation to rebuild will translate into a fatal deformation and perhaps irreparable in the physiognomy of the homeland. Balearics, Catalans, Roussillon and Valencians think that any mistake in choosing the stone to raise these pillars could be the cause of terrible collapses. Each of us uses the material we have in our hands. ” […] I do not think it can be said more beautifully what should be, today, our daily task. Let each one in his own country go to the deepest roots of this own and immediate country, let him extract the hardest stone in order to rebuild the demolished column, and so there will come a time when, solid and firm the four pillars, we will be able to crown the structure with the keystone of our nationality. If this structure is to be situated at a concrete political level, it is something the future will have to say. History is not made in a day and we have patience, we have had to learn to have a lot of patience. But first of all, the cultural consciousness – and, therefore, the national consciousness – of each of our countries must be restored. […]


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