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I like what you wrote above about looking down on nationalism etc...|
an d what follws in particular : " And for the record, I am not very proud of my home country, and I rarely identify myself with that or any other country. I am not a nationalist, and I identify myself with ideas, ideas of universality, of freedom, of pluralism, of progress, of peace."
This is the first time I see someone sharing the same values as mine.
Usually people don't understant my pont of view :
One day i was discussing with some people (a guy from Israel and a chinese taxi driver) and both told me their hatred for some other peole (no need to tell which, everybody will guess). T
They were saying that they could die for their country and bla bla bla and it made me think : "Could I ??"
Could I die for France ?
My answer is NO : i could die to defend human beings, to defend ideas of freedom etc....but not for a country !
What if (as it almost happened because french are too lazy to go to vote) we had a President racist, anti-europe, anti-gays, anti-jewish ant-women 's right to work and to vote etc....
Then, I am sorry but this would not have been my country anymore, not the country I believe in, not the coutry of the values I was taught to respect !
Thank you for writting such nice things Liangzai, I am glad to see that on this forum some people or doing a little bit more than throwing stones at each other.