Arrogance and Patriotism

Brace yourselves, people. I have a lot of grading to do this semester so you will be inundated with quotes. I need to share this stuff or I will burst.

A student writes:

People often blame Americans for being too arrogant. I believe, however, that patriotism is always accompanied by arrogance. Since a country is an imagined and imaginary space, where else could one’s love for it conceivably come from? I love my country and do not feel any shame over the arrogant nature of that love.

My job can be anything but it is never boring.

4 thoughts on “Arrogance and Patriotism

  1. Wow. That’s truly bananas. In a way, it’s actually quite self aware. Like he is admitting that the love of country is baseless because country is at best imaginary and simultaneously he decides to engage with that baseless love anyway? I’m actually assuming it’s a male student I just realized. I personally find that young men tend to be more patriotic than young women….but I could be wrong here!

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    1. “That’s truly bananas.”

      – And here I thought I was the only person to use this expression. 🙂

      Yes, you are right, this is a male student. The self-awareness is, indeed, very interesting.

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      1. Funnily enough, I use the expression “it’s bananas” because my Ukrainian father (for whom English is his 4th language) uses it all the time. 😉

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