Tag: Worldviews

The problem with patriotism

Just to be clear. This is my personal opinion. I am not trying to push my beliefs onto you. My main goal is to make you think about the topic.

Patriotism is bad for humanity. There is no way about it. By definition patriotism is an ideology of attachment to your homeland, culture, ethnicity, history and so on. At first it may sound like a neat idea, but the more you think about it the worse it gets. And now we are going to think about it.

Let us start with a simple and some what cliche example. Imagine there are two individuals in their mid 30s. Both educated, well mannered and highly patriotic. Imagine them having a discussion about patriotism and their homelands. It most likely is a mutually respectful and generally nice conversation. Now imagine those same two people, but with a little bit more context. First of them is an USA citizen, the other one is German. Their interaction is taking place during WW2. Both individuals have lost some family and friends to the other side. How are they interacting now? Most likely they’re both extremely hostile. My point is: there’s a fine line between patriotism and chauvinism. And the line is context.

Life in a way is context, you take some event like the first scenario mentioned and it becomes a lie, an illusion in comparison to the second scenario. What patriotism does is it manipulates the context to the point that people feel they are on the right side when they’re harming others. Now take patriotism out of the equation. There are no more sides, interactions are based on pure morality of humans that are interacting. I firmly believe that the people who would take a life of an “enemy” wouldn’t do it if the decision would be made by their moral compass instead of political views and in a way patriotism.

And this is what patriotism does. It clouds our mindsĀ if the circumstances change. It lets us rely on something else that our morality to make decisions. Humanity isn’t evil by default. We are born good and we should be good to everyone. There are on races. There are no nations. We are all human. Let’s act that way.

Nationalism and Pride

Nationalism and Pride

Every individual has a nationality. Everyone has ancestors and relatives. We presentĀ ourself accordingly. But the flag we were born under does not define us. The family we have does not define us. The only thing that matters is how we act, how we treat others, what purpose we have in life and how we try to achieve it.

Nationalism is a disease and we should all avoid it as much as we can. None of us are great just because our ancestors conquered half of the then known land or that they slaughtered their “enemies”. You and I did none of these things (hopefully). Just as countless innocent people died in wars just because they were alien, so do some of us treat people different just because they are unknown to us. This is unacceptable and it has to change. People shouldn’t treat others better or worse because of their heritage. People should learn from history and history should teach that egoism, pride and nationalism most of the time kindle humiliation, hate and war.

All of the terms we call ourself are man made, all the reasons we feel better then others are pointless. There is a reason why groups of people formed tribes, tribes evolved to nations, nations joined alliances and unions. It is because we overcome our insignificant differences to protect ourself, to strengthen ourself. We are all equal, we are all human and we all should stand under the flag of earth. It is time to educate our kids to be tolerant and loving instead of nationalistic and proud.

I hope that one day there will be no countries, no disunity. I hope there will be peace and freedom. Freedom to go wherever you want, freedom to have an opinion, freedom to not be afraid.

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”
John Lennon – Imagine