If you’re thinking in terms of “grounds” for #ScottishUDI you still haven’t got the mindset right. We do not need “grounds”. We need only the will of Scotland’s people. We don’t need to justify ourselves to anybody. We are the sovereign people of Scotland. We are accountable to nobody.
For generations, we have been conditioned to think of independence as something we must ‘win’ from England-as-Britain by passing some kind of test. We’ve been immersed in a culture in which ‘British’ is the standard. We’ve been effectively brainwashed into thinking of ourselves as inferior. We urgently need to shake off this conditioning.
The first step in that process of freeing the colonised mind is to accept that your mind has been colonised. This is not surprising given the effort made by the British state and the resources available to it. It is not an insult to say that someone has a colonised mind. It is merely recognising the reality of something which has affected all of us over hundreds of years.
Even having acknowledged that your thinking is twisted by conditioning it can be difficult to escape. And easy to slip back. The arguments of the colonised mind seem so reasonable. But only if you accept premises that only a colonised mind would accept.
Stop thinking about independence as something that would be great if only we could somehow win it or deserve it. Start thinking of independence as something that is inherently yours, but which is being withheld from you by forces powerful enough to persuade you that you are not entitled.
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