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Friday, January 21, 2005

Nationalism is over-rated

Nationalism is divisive. Its main concept is to love one's country and countrymen more than others. Why can't we just love everyone regardless of nationality? If we love everyone equally, Filipinos, Americans, Africans, Asians, New Zealanders, are we less nationalistic than someone who loves Filipinos more than the rest? If the answer is yes, then to hell with nationalism. Why should love be conditional? Why can’t one choose to be nationalistic to the Philippines, to the USA, to China, to Russia, to New Zealand, to Iraq equally at the same time?

Maybe I’m being too idealistic. I know I am. But it’s a dream. A world without borders. Every person becomes a citizen of the world. Everyone is responsible for everyone. It’s an idea that can become reality too (to some extent). Look at the European Union. Separate countries deciding to operate as one. It’s a long process, but I know it will come.

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

2 Comments:

  • Aba, mabigat na topic yata ito Ka Uro. On my way to work today, I heard Imagine over the radio (one of my favorite songs too). So it really made me think more about your topic. Medyo lumalabas na naman ang pagka idealistic mo mypren. Pero tama ka divisive nga ang nationalism.

    Subalit sa palagay ko ang pagiging nationalistic ay isang necessaring hakbang bago magkaroon ng isang world w/o borders. To love others, one must learn how to love himself/herself muna. Ang EU ay epektib dahil ang mga miembro ay pawang mga mature na sibilisasyon na. Lahat sila ay may sariling pride sa kani kanilang bansa at kultura.

    Having said that, para maka join ang Pinas sa Imagination ni Ka John, kailangan munang magkaroon ng nationalism. We need to become a more mature nation with self pride and confidence. Sa ngayon puro kanya kanya parin kaya tama ka it is a long process, but I think this is the first step.

    Anong masasabi kaya ni Ka Benj na isang tunay na Julian Makabayan? (na nag migrate sa isteyts)

    By Blogger Ka Elyong, at 7:13 AM, February 04, 2005  

  • Ka Elyong, salamat sa pag-bisita mo. Sang-ayon ako sa lahat ng sinabi mo. Lalu na ang pagmamahal sa sariling kultura. Isang bagay na di dapat makalimutan ng bawat Pilipino. Tama ka, lahat ay proseso.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:52 AM, February 04, 2005  

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