Friday, November 21, 2008


Journey through citezenship is continuing. Sailors after first two days are getting more and more tired, but still motivated to continue sailing, that’s why in the morning they were on the board again. Our Captains (as allways J ) are thinking about the sailors team spirit, that’s why they needed to use all coorporation skills to make the circle from certain amount of chairs and stick the flipcharts to the walls. From our observations – task spliting, helping to each other and fun helped to finish task very quickly. But that was the easiest task of the day. Sailors started their journey into Nation. Actually what is nation? After exchange of sailor’s ideas during „Brain Storming”, they still didn’t get the definition, just a general overwiev. „Brain storming” was continuing and sailors also needed to answer the question – WHAT IS STATE? Only afterwards they got clear (more or less) what is what. Sailing is continuing..
Silent disscussion.
You might ask – what is it? We know it now. J You can also disccuss something without talking. How? By writing J Sailors had this great possibilty to put out their opinion on the paper by answering to three questions – DOES THE NATION MAKES STATE OR STATE MAKES NATION?, IS NATIONALITY IMPORTANT FOR YOU?, DO WE NEED NATIONAL STATES? Very hard task. Because questions are not so easy to answer and makes to things about maybe which you don`t think during your daily life. Also because of silence. You just allowed to write and respond why writing. As we know, that some people are emotional, it realy needs a lot nerves to stick to the rules of task.
First part of the day was ending with quite simple task, but it turned out to be very emotional one and brought in „shock” element for some sailors. Task was to answer to some questions conected with nation and state by finding your way in YES and NO line. Unfortunatelly due to time limits some sailor’s left the ship confused and where heading for lunch... We hope, that this new expierences will help for them in future (how, it’s up to them)....

NATION – group of people peoplesharing common identity, hiostory, origins, language, religion, customs, territory, behaviours and culture.
STATE – legimitized administrative and decision making institution.
The naturalization test controversy
Well, that was tense. What’s naturalization? How does a country build a test for giving citizenship? These were the questions that characterized the afternoon.
The controversy appeared when our dear sailors had to think and compose “the perfect test”. Because not everybody agreed with the topic, or they didn’t understand what was that about. Eventually they reached to a compromise, and started working on the topic.
Surprising was the task afterword. Answering ourselves to the question the other sailors thought of, and eventually get another nationality. Well, most of the sailors managed to get, by unknown methods the citizenship. But still, some of us couldn’t. by now I couldn’t figure out why.Anyway, it was a pleasant experience
To vote, or not to vote?
For someone among us, was the first official vote. “it was quite good. I took it more like a role play, but I liked the pictures part”, declared Tuuli, our beginner in the voting thing.
The debate upon compulsory, or non-compulsory voting has culminated with a democratic vote. To vote whether we agree or do not agree with compulsory voting. Unfortunately Andrew was missing,(hope he is ok). Anyway, the results were: the compulsory voting strategy received 6 votes, the 8 votes for non-compulsory voting, 3 blank votes, and 2 votes wasted.
LATEST NEWS: Andrew is ok, just a bit cold. He would have voted for the non-compulsory voting, so we don’t have to worry about the final result. The other news, the most important one, is that we are THE FIRST SAILOR CREW voting for NON-COMPULSORY voting method.
The question of the day: If you weren’t born as a member of your nation, which nationality would you chose and why?
Ali: I love Australia. It is like separate from the rest of the world. I wouldn’t need to focus on the world’s problems and could go to another countries for the winter vacations.

Lucie: New Zealand. Because it is a quite modern country and it has a lot of green nature.

Jendrek: Tanzania. Because it is a nation really different from Europe and it is free of all the historical issues and people are basically happy there and they have totally different perspective on some basic issues in life.

Gijs: I love France because of the mentality. I like their identity. It is hard to explain, it is more a matter of feelings. And French is of course the most beautiful language in the world.

Merlin: Because it left a high and warm impression in me. I stayed there for a while and I will return there in a minute, if I could.

Saskia: As I have never felt such as home as I feel now in Italy (can’t explain it – it is just a feeling) – maybe Italy. But I was also concerning Sweden as an option.

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