TR1 wrote:I also feel similarly about people who are way too patriotic. Ok you were born in a country. By dumb luck. Genetic dice rolling if you will. Doesn't make you better or that different from someone potentially just a few dozen miles away, but across a border. "Proud to be from county X" is such a stupid sounding statement to me.
You're right, and nationalism is definately a problem when it goes overboard or is used to justify imperalism - yet at the same time I think it's perfectly reasonable to be proud of one's culture, your history, richness of your language, your country's achievements (Gagarin FTW!) and things like that.
Because although they are not things that you personally contributed to; it's still things that people achieved and did and these people grew up in the same city as you, or speak the same language as you, ate the same cornflake brands in childhood or whatever. Sort of like pride for a family-member if you will.
But racial 'pride' bewilders me completely because it's not actually the doing or achievement of anyone at all. It's not an achievement of evolution as such either - it's not good or bad; just chemistry. It's just a bunch of random mutations that developed with an overall tendency to adapt humans better to the specific part of the world which they inhabited.[/quote]
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