Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Representative bodies are nonsensical

Your country of origin says nothing about your productivity, mental capacity, or level of benevolence; thinking that the arbitrary spot on the map where you were born represents your values, therefore, is both nonsensical and dangerous. Germany does not represent Hitler; my parents do not represent me; your nation does not represent you.

Nationalism is just as useful as proclaiming pride in your neighborhood or county, but there's even more room for error in the case of the former, given the scale difference.

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