First we tackled sexism with women’s suffrage in the early 20th century. Then came the Civil Rights Movement fifty years later. Currently, we’re battling with some of the country’s homophobia. What will be next? Our next goal should be to eradicate something that is, in my opinion, worse than all of these. Combined.
I’m referring to nationalism.
noun \ˈnash-nə-ˌli-zəm, ˈna-shə-nə-ˌli-zəm\
: a feeling that people have of being loyal to and proud of their country often with the belief that it is better and more important than other countries
It’s the driving force behind anti-immigration laws. It’s the reason why the majority of the country is apathetic towards the world’s problems. It’s why people have an “Us vs. Them” mindset. If you had the ability to help someone who was homeless, but you had to choose between someone in San Fransisco or someone in Central America, who would it be? Most of you would help the man living just down the metaphorical road.
So much more could be said about this subject. My only goal of writing this is to get people to answer this question of why, and to get them to think. I find nationalism horrifying, and it has inhibited the human race from prospering as a whole. It’s why US citizens choose to remain ignorant about what’s going on in the rest of the world. I’m not just talking about the United States either. I’m talking about any country’s attitude towards those around them.
Instead of being more point specific like I am in previous blog posts, I’d rather open it up for discussion. There’s much I’m implying with what little I’ve written, and I wanted to be vague on purpose. What does nationalism mean to you? Is it more than just an Us vs. Them policy? How has it helped? How has it been a problem?
Write your response in the comments.
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” – Albert Einstein