Ultimately, the manifest destiny of any people to sovereignty must never be abridged. If a clear majority of any people, who share a common homeland and a culture have expressed a desire for autonomy, then their wishes should be respected.
The desire for sovereignty by any people is never born overnight, but it is stewed from years and generations of fractures, differences and unattended concerns of the local people.
Therefore, Catalonia's pursuit of independence from Spain remains a Catalan decision and not a Spanish determination. If the vast majority of Catalans demand independence, then Spain must bow to their wishes or risk years of unrest and unhappiness from Catalonians.
That the Spanish Empire which once ruled many lands of the world will continue to contract, is a natural result of changed times. The glory that was once an empire, is now no more. Thus, Madrid must come to grips with the reality of today, tomorrow and next year.
Nine-hundred people injured trying to express their desires to self-rule are not small numbers that could be easily forgotten. How could there be any genuine reconciliation following the actions of the Spanish police upon Catalans last week at the polls? Unity is wished. However, have differences and divides grown too deep? Only Catalans could decide. The choice is their's and no one else's.