“Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy
George Bernard Shaw
I didn’t wish any of my fellow Canadians a happy “Canada Day”, so I’m not going to do so now for any of you Americans on this July 4th. This isn’t because I despise you or something. Rather, I quite despise patriotism. It is, in the words of Oscar Wilde, “the virtue of the vicious”. We already have so much to divide us in this world. Do we really need to add artificial borders to the mix?
For those of you that do bleed Red, White and Blue, I have a few questions for you: do you think this nationalism will be helpful in the world of the future? Do you think children should be taught that their country is better than any other, or that, by extension, they have more in common with those living geographically closer than those further apart? What values do we teach when we make such superficial distinctions?