Nationalism is a Conflicted, Dysfunctional Emotion

by Michael Jamison

With Independence Day coming right on the heels of Father’s Day, I see a meaningful connection between the two holidays. Independence Day is a celebration of the fatherland. Many people of other nations as well take pride in their fatherland, much as they take pride in their sport’s teams. Some people take pride of country or pride of team to the level of patriotism. Some people carry that pride too far, going over the edge to the level of nationalism.

Nationalism is a conflicted, dysfunctional emotion. On the one hand, nationalistic pride honors the fatherland in terms of a particular landmass defined by its borders. On the other hand, nationalistic pride wants those borders expanded to engulf neighboring nations, even though those countries are fatherlands for the people living in them. War inevitably follows when nationalism crosses boundaries.

Before world peace can be given a chance, nationalism must go the way of the buggy whip and the clipper ship. Nationalism is out of date, out of style, and those who practice it are, like Adolph, out of their minds. This Independence Day, take patriotic pride in the fact that our nation is not a dictatorship and our people are not nationalistic.

(For help in understanding further the difference between nationalism and patriotism, you are invited to contact Rev. Michael Jamison at Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 SW Tenth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615, 785-478-1333, to learn more about the Unity way of positive living. To listen to a different message, recorded fresh daily, call 785-478-1777.)

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