The World Loves CNN blog and Nationalism more than Chocolate and Coffee


Breaking news: the words CNN blog draw more roaming traffic than chocolate or coffee or narcissism.  I’m sure there’s a moral in there somewhere.  So how many titles can I think up with CNN blog in them?

Truth is, CNN isn’t the topic of the day.  Nationalism is.  When Nelson Mandela became President here in South Africa, and thereafter, there was a huge nationalism drive, called Proudly South African.

It never grabbed me.   I don’t like nationalism.  It’s a propaganda / brainwashing tool for the powers that be.  Very effective, good psychology at play.  We all want to identify with our roots, and we all want to know that we belong at a familial, social and national level.  It makes us feel safe and worthy.  That’s pretty normal, and when we don’t have any or all of those things we start behaving badly.

But when nationalism starts taking precedence over individuality, that’s when it’s dangerous.  It doesn’t always do that.  If you visit Italy, all Italians know their country is the best in the world.  But Italians are such individuals, that it never goes much further than that.

But when it goes too far, when it becomes a tool for the powers that be to get away with murder, that’s when it’s a problem.  Look at Hitler, Robert Mugabe, G.W. Bush, the ANC as it is now.  How about N. Korea’s Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.   Well, we don’t know much about the un fellow yet, but is it likely he’ll be any different from his father?  How about nationalism in China, Russia, France before the French Revolution.

Nationalism is touted as being for the good of the country, but it’s not.  It’s for the furthering of power so that those in power can do what they want.  usually they’re in league with or are pawns of arms manufacturers.  It’s such an emotionally binding thing, nationalism.  It blinds people to the fact that they’re giving up their rights to quality of life – even to life itself – and to the reality around them.  It makes people rationalize the worst kinds of abuse.

I hate it.  Proudly South African?  Not me.  “Human” is about as far as I’ll go.

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4 thoughts on “The World Loves CNN blog and Nationalism more than Chocolate and Coffee

  1. Very in-depth insight. People don’t realize that when they are forced to say a pledge of allegiance, whether it is an allegiance they wish to express or not, they are pledging to be a slave to somebody else’s will. Almost makes me lose my cookies when I witness such a herd mentality. To waste such a wonderful gift as critical evaluation for the comfort of conformity is appalling.

    • Appalling is the word, David. Independence of mind is such a precious thing. Imagine if it were taught in schools as a mandatory subject! And by the way, thanks for all the great comments you leave here, I so enjoy them.

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