posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 03:04 PM
I've been reading posts on this site for a long time but have only recently joined.
One thing I have noticed when people are debating, especially since the gun control arguments gained prominence, is that people will sometimes defend
or attack an argument or opinion based on nationality.
Now, I was born in the UK and have lived here all my life. I am British, but I really don't know what that means.
I didn't choose to be born here any more than you chose to be born where you are from. Am I a better person for being British as opposed to say
someone from a Third World country? Am I a worse person for it? A luckier person?
There have been some great people born in this country. Churchill, Newton, Shakespeare, Darwin,,,Lennon. We have great poets, great engineers,
authors, leaders, sportspeople. These are all people who as a country we hold in great esteem and to any other country we say, this is us...and I can
safely say I have had no influence over any of them.
We have a government that will lie to get what it wants, be that the invasion of another country (New Labour) or the promise that though times may be
hard, we are all in it together (Conservatives). I keep myself appraised of current events so I can vote intelligently in every election by knowing
what each party stands for (allegedly)...but you know what...I can safely say I have no influence over any of them.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that Nationality is a fake construct. National pride a perverse thing designed to keep people in line. I
didn't choose to be British, I didn't choose to be subject to this particular set of social norms and experiences...it was was chance that I am the
way I am. Everything I am has been influenced by where I have been brought up, yet I seem unable to personally have any effect on it.
I have seen many posts where people have argued a position based on past events. I can safely say that no Brit I know had anything to do with the
cruelty the British Empire inflicted on the world...the same way I doubt any Americans on here had anything to do with the dropping of nukes or
Germans posters anything to do with the Nazis.
Most of us work. We will work all our lives cause the systems we reside in require it. We will pay our taxes cause the system requires it. We are
So, I ask again...what does it mean to be British? Or American? Or any of the other nationalities from around the world.