Excellent article. This nationalist fervor is especially evident during the
Olympics. I often wonder what other countries think when American fans
constantly chant "USA,USA,USA", while showing little appreciation for
the athletic achievement of anyone from another country. It is great to love
one's country, but not great to feel better than those of another.
Great article. As an LDS member who grew up abroad, I'm so tired of
hearing how the US is the best country in the world. There are plenty of
wonderful places in the world, the US included, and God loves all his children
equally, regardless of nationality or religious belief.
And here's the thing: Kids really can't tell the difference between
nationalism and patriotism unless their parents explain to them the simple fact
that all human beings are equal and that no group is inherently superior to any
other group. Of course they should learn to be grateful to be an American, but
never, never at the expense of others.And the biggest problem with
nationalism is that it goes against the will of God. Anyone who believes in a
Heavenly Father would logically conclude that that Father could not be pleased
when one group of His children thinks they are better than others of his
Thanks for pointing out a primary difference between Republicans, who worship at
the altar of American exceptionalism, and Democrats, who are grateful for our
government but don't try to rub the rest of the world's face in it.
Definitely an important lesson to teach. Great article.
Thank you for you article. We just adopted four children from Ethiopia. They
are very patriotic and love their country. I have thought a lot about how to
teach them that America is a special country while retaining the love that they
have for their country.
Wow! Thank you so much for this article. It may very well have saved my
family.Here I've been teaching the evil concept of American
Freedom and liberty are not partisan ideals. America is founded upon much more
than political law. It is the law of nature and of nature's God that our
founders looked to for inspiration. I really like the idea that Glenn Beck
shared a bit ago...America is an idea, a set of beliefs and values and not
necessarily a place. We really do have some exceptional and unique ideas framed
into law by our founding documents here in the US. Imagine if all the world
could "hold these truths to be self evident" and have those same ideals
built into their laws! Zion also is not necessarily a place but a people, pure
in heart.America the idea, the experiment in freedom and liberty is
exceptional! I'll shout it from the roof tops! Where much is given much is
indeed required. Thanks for the reminder, but if we were teaching real history
in our government run schools, we wouldn't need so much of a reminder!
Thank You Brother Richard and Sister Linda for this article that
puts things into Good Perspective!!Lord Bless!!
It is not Nationalism to teach that America is exceptional. We should be
thankful and humbled to be privileged to be a part of this blessed land. Harold
B. Lee said it as we'll as anyone, but wait, he certainly wasn't
someone we would want to exemplify now was he? Word restrictions wii not allow
me to print the entire quote. "...This is the cradle of humanity,
where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the
new Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other
nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His
temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail,
but this nation won't fail. I have faith in America......Preach that
this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is
the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever
trials or crises it may yet have to pass through."
Kent C. DeForrest, where in the world did your Republican/Democrat stereotype
come from? Seems to me the article pointed out we treat people as individuals,
regardless of their country of origin or their beliefs. Doesn't the same
hold true for their political persuasions?Or were you making an
attempt at sarcasm? If so, it didn't come across that way.
In academic studies i don't recall having seen this distinction drawn
between nationalism and patriotism, except that the former term is very widely
used while the latter is less common. The semantic differentiation made by the
authors is interesting but strikes me as sectarian in nature, i.e., as part of
an internal debate about the limits of patriotic fervour within US culture. It
does not, however, reflect the way the words are used around the world or by
specialists in social and political studies. A simple search on Google Scholar
shows 830 thousand hits for "nationalism" but only 265 thousand for
"patriotism"; a quick survey of the first pages of links for each search
indicates the contrasted definitions of the two words are not reflected in
normal scholarly usage.
Nationalism leads to excessive pride and war.True patriotism is
adherence to the golden rule and recognizing that everyone is our neighbor.Even a great nation is better served by patriotism than by nationalism.
A few years an anti-immigration rally was on the news. A lady was shouting
(referring to Hispanics) they are not Americans and can never be Americans. I
thought really. There have been many posts on here alluding the fact that
immigrants don't hold the same values, they just come here for welfare and
free stuff. My opinion is that nationalism is elevating ourselves above others
due to citizenship or political affiliation. I am a patriot. I served 25 in
the armed forces of this great country. American exceptionalism is based on our
form of government, not racial superiority. Please don't accuse me of
supporting illegal immigration, I do understand the difference.
American exceptionalism is because we are blessed to live in a land of
opportunity, of freedom and liberty that is the bastion of those virtues. The
US has been the one to step in and save other countries from their predicaments,
we have carried the standard of freedom and the burden of ensuring that other
countries are not invaded and conquered to lose theirs. Our exceptionalism has
led to inventions and discoveries that the world enjoys. We aren't better
than other people, but we have opportunity that others don't. We can shout
for our countrymen to win at the Olympics, that's being a fan not a
Nationalist. We admire what is good in others, we don't have to be ashamed
about what is good about the US.
I know more than a few adults, including within the Church, that need to learn
this lesson as well.