posted on May, 30 2012 @ 01:42 PM
Jingoism is extreme patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy. In practice, it is a country's advocation of the use of threats or
actual force against other countries in order to safeguard what it perceives as its national interests. Colloquially, it refers to excessive bias
in judging one's own country as superior to others – an extreme type of nationalism.
(Emphasis mine, to identify the specific definition I am referring to here)
I was on YouTube a few minutes ago, looking for the film clip of Christine Anu's song, "My Island Home." For some reason I've had it on the brain
recently, and also heard it on the radio three times in one day last week; so I've been trying to identify the synchronicity (if any) involved; it
certainly seems as though someone's trying to tell me something with it, and I'm trying to figure out what it is.
Yet in simply wanting to listen to the clip, I unfortunately also couldn't avoid seeing the comments referring to alleged Australian superiority.
Economically and environmentally speaking, I genuinely am very grateful to be living in this country. The geography is extremely
beautiful, and we are truly fortunate to maintain the level of comparitive economic stability that we have right now.
Socially, or in terms of the people, however, I truthfully feel exactly the opposite. Although there are exceptions to the rule, (such as my recent
visit to Nimbin) Australians have consistently demonstrated themselves to me, as being among the least intelligent, and most anti-intellectual and
politically apathetic populations on the face of the planet. Alcoholism, racism, and extreme, Neanderthal violence, in my experience, are the three
defining characteristics of white Australia. I recently made friends in Nimbin with a forty year old English man who was widely travelled, and has
been to a large number of different countries, and when I mentioned that to him, he agreed, which causes me to think that my opinion has some
authority behind it.
The tendency towards triumphalistic, chest-beating jingoism also contributes to this view. Australian nationalism in my perception is usually a
deeply ugly thing, and is often heavily associated with racism.
I've also noticed that this has increased, as Australia has become more politically and economically intertwined with America. Australia has no true
seperate national sovereignty from America at this point, in practical terms; it is in name only. Julia Gillard and John Howard have both been
transparent deputies of Washington, with Gillard moreso than virtually any other leader in Australian history, that I am aware of.
I have tended to suspect that this has come as a result of Australia gradually importing more of America's culture, as our level of economic imports
from America also increases. America has always been a chronically, indeed fundamentally and systemically racist country, having exterminated one
ethnic group, and enslaving another, at different points in its' history. So regrettably, it makes sense that as Australia increases its' ties with
America, the negative elements of that country's culture would also rub off.
I would like to invite other Australians here, to remember that, as is true on an individual level, the strongest form of self-confidence, is
paradoxically generally that which makes the least noise. Bombast is nearly always associated with the opposite of self-worth; insecurity,
narcissism, and neediness.
Australians used to have this. We used to have a belief in our country which did not need excessive vocalisation. It was an internal thing, and it
was much stronger and more real as a result of that. The sort of jingoism that I encounter now, is also exclusionary; it's virtually always
expressed by Anglo-Celtic white males, and the goal is usually the same. By perceiving themselves as inherently "better," they imply that everyone
else is worse.
I am not trying to discourage anyone from valuing the country, at all. There is much to value about Australia, as I have said. However, the next
time you are feeling patriotic, I'd ask you to verify experimentally, whether or not you can actually make a more potent expression of such, by doing
so silently. Sri Ramana Maharshi, a sadhu of India, often spoke of the comparitive power of silence over words; and I have come to believe that that
power is a real one. Internalise that energy, and draw strength from it. Do not dissipate it, by projecting it outside of you.