You have never been to Sweden then. If you even mention the country or show a flag from the coountry you will be labled as a racist by a shitton of people (It does not exactly help that our third biggest party is refered to as the racist party).
This was a very silly statement to make on my part, but I've read some news articles that said that the younger generation is apparently awful over there. These are most definitely the EXCEPTION of the younger generation, not the rule.
Like I said, this was not a very factual cultural example that I based that rhetoric off of; it's just another stereotype of a country to give people justification for vapid hatred, and I just cited that as an example of pure idiocy because that's what people like to do when making stereotypes. Most are based on less than one iota of truth and yet people are willing to accept them as fact, not because most people believe that they're true, but because people want excuses to despise other people for no good reason.
At least Americans have a bloody identity and they're proud of it. Here in Canada we don't know what the hell we are. We don't make anything, we only consume and follow. Peacekeepers one day and Americas hat the next. Fuck.
Don't be so down on yourself; Canada has plenty of its own stuff that we don't get here. Like the winter holidays there; I hear that there are entire slides made of ice! I so want to go to one of those festivals
I'm proud of my country to a degree but I get really irritated with uber-patriots. I made a comment that I liked the healthcare system better in certain other countries because everyone got treated, and I was basically told that I wasn't American and to GTFO of America.
You're talking to a German here and I can say, at least your anthem didn't get banned.
Because of these events, quite a lot of people in Germany lack any national feeling. Who would want to identify themselves with the Nazi past, though it clearly is not part of Germany's identity but solely its history? By percentage, the highest Nazi rate is found East-South of Germany, Tchechslovakia. People should stop living in the past as it already passed. We should be living in the future as living in the present equals living in the past as each moment once we talk about it already passed.
But seriously, no one likes nationalists. However, no one minds patriots.
And remember... what Kurt Tucholsky, one of the most influental German authors of the Weimar Republic said:
"We are traitors to our own country because we are patriots."
EXCEPT ONE SHARD THOSE DEFINITELY HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN MAY CAST THE FIRST STONE??? AKA NOBODY? NEVER THOSE THINK NEVER HOWEVER ENTIRE THEY APPLAUDED FUCKING APPLAUDED ANY EVIL, GREEDY, FAT, STUPID, WAR MONGERING MUST DON'T EVERY LITTLE THING DO ARE OK, WE GET IT. WE'RE APPARENTLY ASSHOLES FOR LIKING AMERICA ABOVE ONE IOTA OF PRIDE
Yeah, it is kinda sad. They should be allowed to be proud of their country, and I understand it's because of the Nazi's and all. But hopefully they will be able to get past it, they shouldn't forget, but... I don't know.
I don't see anything wrong with being proud of your own country. What is wrong for me is when someone degrades other countries. I admire America, after all it's the biggest land of "freedom". But personally, I just don't like SOME Americans for being assholes and sex-drugs-hungry and some teens there who have no respect anymore to some people like to those older than them.
Being proud of a country is pretty stupid really. A country contains at least as much that each and every person can dislike as it contains things you can like. You may think of a country as a unity, but really it's just a lot of very different people being controlled by a small bunch of assholes who don't care to understand the people they lead and well... a piece of land. A country doesn't do things, people do things. You can be proud of american culture, you can be proud of the american government or something like that, but I don't see how anyone thinks it's logical to be proud of the entire thing that is America as none of those things alone make an entire country. Especially not if they then go on to whine about the people who are part of, and they consider a threat towards, their country. Those people are part of the country. If you dislike them, you are not proud of your entire country. And if you really do like every single part of your country, you must be an asshole. There is no other good description for someone who is proud of the mass murders someone else committed. Because mass murders do happen. No matter which country you live in, it is very likely that someone killed a lot of people at once there.
In all seriousness, we have many problems to work out before our country can be said to deserve the pride its citizens have in it. But with quite a bit of work, I think it can be made into a place worthy of that admiration.