Thursday, April 30, 2009

Patriotism

I dare say, it has been a long while since my last post, and to my few readers I apologize. I haven't lacked things to rant about, nor inspiration to write the articles... or rants... themselves. However, I have been lacking the time, and more honestly the mood to write anything. So here I am now, with this new and rather fresh frustration of mine. I haven't considered this subject as important enough to merit attention, until the events in the Republic of Moldova ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Moldova ) started a few weeks ago, after the elections. You can consider those events as the final drop of water in the almost spilling glass that made me write this article. But enough about that, let's see the definitions.

Definitions
nation = "a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own " ~dictionary.com
patriotism = "devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty." ~dictionary.com
humanity = "all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind." ~dictionary.com

Main Body
Since the dawn of time, man has been gathering in larger and larger groups of like-minded people. First there were families, then tribes. Depending on the area, they evolved into small nations or city states. Then real nations, and finally alliances. It seems logical enough, that to achieve great things human beings need two things. Numbers and ambition. History stands testament that when both of them are present, many great things can be achieved. No matter the technological advancement.

People, as a rule of thumb, are unambitious. We're like ants, only we have evolved thinking. We, as a race, need to be told what to do in order to do it. That's why people listen to governments, presidents, prime ministers and kings. Because we need to have someone with a vision. Someone who can guide people to a better tomorrow. As individuals, we wouldn't be able to achieve even half of what was achieved till now. Hence the need for leaders. Tribe elder, noble, king, president, senate, it does not really matter what you are going to call it. But ambitious people don't like to share. They don't like to share their followers, their dreams or their prosperity. That's why when the first two tribes of humans met, blows were probably exchanged. Not because that we are violent in nature... but because we'd rather die than share our food with people from a place we don't know. I suppose some of that can be blamed on the fear of the unknown. We don't know them, we fear them, hence we will not share our food with them.

But with ambitious people, through conquest or diplomacy countries were forged and then alliances. So here we are now, in the year 2009 with a globe sliced up in imaginary lines. We have nations. Just like human children, human nations are born in blood. But unlike humans who are born young in the blood of the old, nations are born from the blood of the young while the old linger on. Don't get me wrong, some people needed to be liberated for one reason or another and lives had to be sacrificed. But I do have to ask something... Why stop now in the unification of the human race? Why, when we used every little reason under the sky to unify before, like language, color, religion and ancestors... why stop now? There is still one thing all humans have in common... we are all human... Think of everything we could achieve as a rase if we stood united.

The answer to my question "Why stop now?" comes in one single word. Patriotism. Other reasons would be easily overcome if there was a real desire for unification, but patriotism is the main reason, whether it is acknowledged or not. People are scared to loose their "national identity" so, that fear turns to hate and dissent towards globalization.

Conclusion
I consider it self-destructive to resist the next step in the evolution of human government on accounts of love for the place you were accidentally born into. You did not have a choice as to where you are born, so why defend it like your life depends on it?

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