Saturday February 18th 2017Tim
Nationalism is a
devotion to one or other of the many nations on the
planet, with particular reference to the nation's
cultural peculiarities combined with the belief that
nations benefit by acting independently of each other.
This means that national rather than international
interests dominate the agenda and there are some who
have been persuaded that Nationalism is a simple,
sometimes idiotic, solution to complexities in the world
they have no desire to think too hard about.
Patriotism is a
devotion to a country and this devotion is not based upon
whether the country in question is chasing a nationalist
interest or an internationalist interest. The problem
is when Nationalism and Patriotism are assumed to be the
same thing. Heroes are either mythological divinities who
have things like magic swords, or they are mortal men and
women of noble purpose who often end up getting killed. What
"noble purpose" might be is entirely subjective, which is
why hero's are for history books and stories.