From the Introduction by Joan Triadú

As Karl Popper says, only one road leads to science […]: finding a problem. Well, we have found one in our collective survival. It involves explaining ourselves, as Catalans. Explaining that, if we are people unnamed by history, it is not only — though this argument would suffice — because we have borne centuries of oppression, ‘amputation’ (Treaty of the Pyrenees, 1659) and finally total subjection (1714); it is also due to our own lack of self-knowledge. We thus cede to the adversary that which it most desires, which, to take Popper’s reasoning to its logical conclusion, is to find the happiest solution to its problem: the disappearance of the adversary.

With dignity thus restored, and identity duly recognised, we would therefore like to address ourselves, as Aribau did in his final verse dedicated to the homeland («A la Pàtria»): «to our own, to strangers and to posterity».