I’m of the opinion that U.S. foreign and national policies are in drastic need of a reset.
Implicit in the nature of “globalism” I would think is a fundamental requirement
to in the majority of instances respect diversity rather than assume an adversarial role.
Nations have the right to self determination if reflective of a free population, and while America may consider itself to be the role model others should aspire to I submit a little house cleaning is in order prior to assuming the mantle.
Nations and populations have distinct cultural differences, what may work for one may not with another, it is an arrogance to assume such isn’t the case.
Nationalism often becomes a stumbling block, and while nationalism can play a positive role much the same as tribalism can it often manifests as a sense of superiority.
This sense of superiority has led to wars, genocide, amd doctrines such as Manifest Destiny with the lessons afforded by history routinely ignored.
When I say nationalism and tribalism can play a positive role I do so qualified by if these isms create a meaningful pride, a pride that lends itself to communal and national well being – such attributes would manifest in the form of equity, equality, a common respect and recognition of individual rights, and justice.
Pride is an oft overused word and it’s usage not uncommonly employed as a negative,
yet pride is an essential ingredient of humankind – pride in the work we do translates
to being conscientious – pride in our communities can strengthen them and create a better environment – pride in our families and homes means we will be attentive to them and do the best we can.
Pride may go before the fall as is said but lacking pride in itself either constitutes
having already fallen or being on the precipice.
Yet pride like all emotions or sense of self best serves when warranted, and then with
a measure of humility as a restraint – the same I believe can be said of nationalism and tribalism.
I don’t believe the purpose of life is to be selfless in the extreme, that there is a balance to be struck and if the scales are to be tipped it should be in the direction of selflessness, charity, and compassion.
We all have an ego, we all have a sense of ownership and of self, we are all capable of
anger, some more than others – that is a part of the journey, a journey where each are
obliged to find the balance and do as little harm as possible.
I can’t say whether it’s true or not but I’ve heard it takes more muscles and effort to
frown than smile – if true the lesson should be obvious, if not, still better to smile.
When it comes to inequities silence quite literally is consent, and a person should be
known by their consent or disagreement whether silent or vocal, that too a seeking of balance and equity.
It seems to be increasingly difficult for people and nations to find the middle ground, much less accept or pursue it and I don’t know why that is – the middle ground may not always work in every instance but the term middle ground is also a way of saying compromise, and an equitable compromise settles a great many disputes.