We shouldn’t care for our country’s people—we should care for the people of Earth.
Nationalism baffles me. Here we are promoting unity and peace among all nations but turn towards ourselves and say, “We should really love our country more than any other country out there.” Isn’t it subtle irony? The idea of achieving peace between different nations root in the idea of equality for all, that each and everyone is of the same importance albeit not in terms of financial stability but more of a citizen’s self-worth. Yes, our country is important but it is no less as important as the others that provide most of our needs through imports but also depend on our exports. We’re all cogs in one well-oiled machine, and if we focus on only one part, it will inevitably fall apart.
What is nationalism anyway? We hear ignorant denizens speaking the term with pride and passion with words like “Support your nation’s own,” so often that it lacks the initial reverb. Sure, be patriotic, buy your countries’ products but I doubt that that will amount to anything worthwhile. Nationalism doesn’t need to be shown in buying material possessions—that’s consumerism, a ploy to get you buying for a false cause, an easy way to earn a profit. Nationalism shouldn’t be based on that alone, it’s not a commodity, it’s not something intact.
One day in a distant future, we’ll wake up to find nationalism gone. Believe me, it’ll die out and I have no fear in saying that that will be a better day for mankind. For the longest time in the history of our race, the world will act as one nation and nationalism will be replaced by a word that hasn’t been yet conceived, a word that spans that of nationalism’s transformation from a frugal self-centered aim to a concept that encompasses the entirety of man’s existence as one nation, and when that day comes, the purpose of the well-oiled machine that is our humanity will come to fruition.
Ivan Kim E. Guno