Rationalism vs. Nationalism
Just a quick thought.
The subject might sound a little confusing to you since the two things dont necessarily have anything to do with each other. Anyway, let me explain to you.
From time to time, I’m coming across people that claim to be proud of their country. I am wondering why this is.
I have nothing against pride per se. But I tend to be proud of my own achievements rather than that of others. You might call me overly rational and non-emotional, but I certainly can’t agree. I am an emotional person, but only when it comes to real persons, and certainly not when it comes to such huge anonymous subjects like a country.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely not trying to say that community is not important. Quite the opposite! But again, this community doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the country we live it. It can consist of two people, a neighbourhood, a region, a football club, or whatever. Countries are just artificial subjects with strict borders that often don’t excist in reality.
Nationalism is just the forerunner of such unfavourable things like fascism. Never forget where you come from, don’t neglect your culture and your brothers, just drop the thought of being proud of your country.