It occurred to me, this ironic culture we breed. Is pride healthy in excessive amounts? I'd expect it to be as useful in excess as vanity is to
success, or sugar to health, and therefor potentially damaging. This speaks nothing of national
pride of which the effects have clearly been
Some degree of modesty is required in international affairs. Foreign policy may yet be in its infancy, and sure enough, it's still learning how to
speak the many languages.
American imperialists have in many ways failed America. It is not any one's duty to eliminate a culture's heritage and sentiments either abroad or
domestically, but we inadvertently follow that path. Societies can and often do destroy and rebuild themselves. Like the organs of the body, they
mostly regulate themselves until something unavoidable occurs, and they adjust, heal, or perish. With such limited options, we really might benefit
from being more careful in the delicate affairs of the body, individual and governmental.
And that most delicate affair of global politics? If it's not 'national pride' it is the politician's own. The American's Constitution and Bill of
Rights, being an organ of the nation, is not immune to degradation and termination, nor has it yet been denied the opportunity to mature. Once it
reaches full maturity, I'd expect sarcasm would be nearly extinct. The terms "developed" and "developing" are rarely in proper context when speaking
of nations. In what sphere are they developing? Have they stopped developing? What can we do to defend against counter-developing: morally or
geographically shrinking nations?
Counter-terrorism is their best solution? Clearly these are dangerous times, but showing more passion than fear for the Constitution and Bill of
Rights in political matters was demanded
by those who founded the country America was built on, and without whose conquests we'd all be
In summa, America would be politically wise to expand its influence for the so-called greater good we as Americans believe the Constitution and Bill
of Rights give us. I speak of the diplomatic equivalent of a lung transplant, should a country need it. (I say this with a reforming country in
mind, where adopting laws would be expedient and to their advantage.) But from wounded pride, moral fears, and other idiocies, we don't seem to
appreciate our own organs, much less deem them transferable over international borders.
Yet aren't all borders just proven to be hypothetical in the end?
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