Nationalism has a lot to answer for. Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage (even if others don’t see it as something to be proud of) or with being proud of who you are. It’s when that nationalistic pride starts to equate to “I’m better than you because I’m American” (or English or whatever nationality you happen to be) that I have issues with it.
Just because you were born in the USA (or anywhere else) doesn’t make you better than someone born in Somalia for instance. It just makes you luckier in that particular instance. And guess what? That’s an accident of birth. You haven’t done anything to deserve or achieve that status. So why do so many nationalities look on themselves as being superior? This is a particularly American trait – I come across it every day over here. But there are others. I have lived in many countries and whenever I come across the “I’m better than you” nationalist zealots the truth is usually just the opposite. The only ones they’re fooling are themselves.
Before you start thinking that you’re superior to others because of where you were born consider where your country stands globally as regards ranking for any category which you think is important. Education, pay, health care, crime, longevity etc. etc. I promise you that you’re in for a surprise. And for some a shock.
We are all in this together and it’s about time that we all started thinking of ourselves as human beings first and (insert nationality here) second.