Patriotism and Delusion

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”
–Albert Einstein

Recently, after an election here in the US, I read this article in the news. The winner stated:

“I’m just running on the founding principles that Adam Smith and free markets – they made us the greatest nation on the Earth. All right? It’s no mystery. Our rights, tradition, along with free markets and the Judeo-Christian tradition all together made us the greatest nation on the face of the Earth. I think we’re veering off course a little bit there and I want to get us back on that course that brought us to greatness.”

When I read something like this, even though I am American, I feel really awkward, not proud. Boasting that one’s country is the greatest is just pride and nationalism. History shows that this never ends well.

Also, if you think about it, every country/culture believes it is the greatest. Every country believes their traditions are the best, their culture is the most refined, or that their people are the most superior.

As history shows, this causes more problems than it fixes. Also, people forget that every “great” nation falls sooner or later. All good things must come to an end.

If we all believe our own culture is better than other people’s culture, none of us will learn anything, and none of us will learn to compromise and get along.

P.S. Things get even worse when you mix religion and politics.

P.P.S. Double-post today. 🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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