Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Nationalism has always bothered me. Particularly symbolic shows of it, such as saluting the flag & reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. I have a hard time accepting the idea that people should be symbolically separated by national boundaries, and that obedience and the fulfillment of duty (loyalty, military service, etc.) are necessary.

I don't want to use religion as a cop-out, but are there any spiritual ideas that would explain how I feel? Help me clean up the muddled feeling of discomfort and replace it with a clear understanding of exactly what is wrong with nationalism?

I also know that many people here would disagree with me. please, share your opinions and beliefs as well. But note that I understand the importance and usefulness of countries, as economic and political units. I just do not agree with nationalism, the concept.

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