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Originally posted by PsykoOps
reply to post by midnightbrigade
How is this american message board? I know it's located there, but please explain
Originally posted by stevegmu
reply to post by quackers
It is actually people like you talk crap about Americans that make people like me have a general disliking for non-Americans. This pertains mostly to the internet, however. With the exception of the French, most of the people I have met throughout the world have been very pleasant. Perhaps they simply didn't have the courage to insult Americans face-to-face, however.
Originally posted by dodadoom
I'm an Americant.
I can't leave. I can't even imagine anything different.
I can't and I won't. Don't wanna do it. Nope.
Sides, we're probably all on the no fly list......
Originally posted by quackers
reply to post by VirginiaGreen
When talking about a nation, one must generalize. I lived on the west coast for over 10 years, though many would argue that they are all slightly retarded anyway and not representative of the rest of the nation.
Of course there are plenty of great folk in America, but no one cares about them, they are not the image that America presents to the wider world. That image is well deserved, and the reason why people in America cannot see why it is deserved, is patriotism. The "we can do no wrong" attitude.
I make no apology for my remarks, it is up to the individual to decide whether it applies to them, for many it won't, some however, well, they make themselves known.
I know I would be if they saw my browser history..lol What on earth have we become?
Although patriotism is used in certain vernaculars as a synonym for nationalism, nationalism is not necessarily considered an inherent part of patriotism. Among the ancient Greeks, patriotism consisted of notions concerning language, religious traditions, ethics, law and devotion to the common good, rather than pure identification with a nation-state. Scholar J. Peter Euben writes that for the Greek philosopher Socrates, "patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be."
What I find interesting, is that many Europeans have a dislike or distrust of those who are patriots.