I mentioned in a previous thread that we are separated by ethnicities....Such as African Americans, Irish Americans, Italian Americans, Jewish Americans etc......I failed to mention then that in the last 20 years, there has been an increasing percentage of interracial and inter faith marriages....I predict that in the next 20 to 40 years there will be so much more mixing of ethnicities and faith that when someone asks what your nationality is you can honestly say 100% American....... ....Because by then America will be truly unique in our genetic makeup, and since we share the same double helix DNA, we will all truly be One in the same...........Since people also marry outside their faith, I also predict that religion will only be getting in the way and the majority will choose to be Agnostic or even go with Atheism....Wouldn't it be great if everyone wakes up and realizes that god is not real and they can live a normal, happy life, without praying to this mythical creature...............I would be interested in your comments.....
Freethinker, I have trouble understanding you. What is it exactly that you're proud of? I can be proud when I've done a difficult job, but being born somewhere is just something that happens to you.
@Pinius......Is it wrong to be proud of a Country which has given me many freedoms and has educated me, allowing me to become a Health care professional, and help contribute to society.... Is it wrong to be proud of a country that has allowed me to Not Believe in any religion and practice the way I want without being arrested and tortured......Is it wrong to be proud of a country that allows me to vote for my representatives instead of having a Dictator tell me how to live my life....Is it wrong to be proud of a country who now pays me Social Security and offers me Medicare so I can live my life without falling into poverty... Is it wrong for me to be proud of a country who has the ability to protect me when I am threatened and come to my aid when I call 911.......It also is nice to know we are the strongest and richest country in the whole world......Bottom line:Yes I am proud to be an American.................
I know that USA education is very patriotic and I won't say it's wrong, but I keep wondering what it does to your loyalties when you say We are one. You started the thread with "We are one", but who are we in your opinion? You went on to talk about US citizens, so I get the feeling that you won't look beyond the borders of the USA. OK, that is your choice, but with "We are one" you are proud to break down the fences between different people but NOT the borders between the USA and the world. That doesn't sound right to me.
In comparison: my country (lower case letter) has given me many freedoms too, and an education (religious). I am still very grateful for the second chance education I could get so I could become a teacher and contribute to society. I put a lot of hard work and money in re-educating myself. I'm free not to believe, I'm not threatened with arrest or torture (and I'm glad my country hasn't got torture camps abroad). We haven't got dictators here; our system of government has kept them out so far. I'm grateful for social security and medical care, and I use those no more than I need. In case of calamities I can call 112 and get help. The Netherlands are not at all strong and not very rich and that is all right with me. I'm not proud to be Dutch, my loyalty is not with the Netherlands, but with people. My roots are here in the mud, but that doesn't compel me to stop at borders.
Is America an exception among the world's nations?
Pride means admiring something you identify with. So national pride is contrary to the "We are one" message.
One can admire many countries. The breakup of the Soviet Union seemed admirable to me. Many African countries surely struggle valiantly to surmount their difficulties.
I admire the USA (where I live) in some ways and hate it in others.
We are one?
That's both nongrammatical and nonsense! We are many.
IMNVHO, we are too many.
Worldwide, maybe three billion too many.
Geez Louise Tom.......Must I explain everything to you!! It just means all humans share the same double helix...Which explains why we can interbreed . without creating a whole new species...... We are One.....Now do you get it????