Nationalism—Social Identity

February 8, 2017

Social identity is one of the becoming nature and characteristics of life in this world. Individuals want to belong to certain group and collective identity since life in this world is not possible without belonging to certain group and identity. We live in world where and when any given group mentality and thinking dominates other individual and other groups mentality and thinking. In such case, survival of the fittest is the dominate thinking and belief even if such influencing groups are false and fake. This is one aspect of life in this world.

One of the mentality and thinking of social identity is the desire of creating strong self image with intention of enhancing one’s identity by discriminating and belittling others. In such case, one group seeks negative images on other group so that one can be going by dominating and influencing others. Creating prejudice and bias among society becomes one of the governing mentality and thinking within any given community dynamics.

In such process and way of life, gang mentality and thinking is one factor that germinates amongst such group and it becomes evident that such thinking do influence group behavior and thinking in any given social dynamics since any given group want to maintain its reputation within any given social dynamics whatever social status and personality people have within their given domain. And one group try to intimidate others to create fear on others so that one group want to live with winning mentality and thinking. Gangs are opportunists who take advantage of a situation that will allow them to enhance their self reputation.

People are influenced by others such as peers in order to develop certain thinking and behavior within that given social dynamics which they respectively belong. And one of the thinking and belief that is made upon such thinking is the feeling and thinking of nationality and nationalism which people develop in any given social dynamics. Nationality and color of any nationalism is mainly made up of few powerful people thinking and ideology within any given social dynamics, which people develop thru time and process of life.

It is indeed important and essential to love one’s nation for it is the best way of expressing one’s love towards the same people to which one is belonging.  It is good to be attracted to any given social dynamics and appreciate one’s people that do not mean that we need to hate others who do not belong to the same category as ours, for loving one people can never lead hating others.  But, rather it increases the capacity of our attitude in love, which needs to extend to a greater size and dimension.

Things are changing and different, where the unseen forces are pushing the world of humanity to think in different perspectives and mentality; the complexity and challenges of the world is getting interconnected and interlinked together.  Challenges and difficulties that the world is facing are becoming global in aspect and nature, which require global dimension and outlook in terms of finding specific solution.  Terrorism, for example, is one of the social and global catastrophes that the world of humanity is facing, which has no boundary, afflicting nations and the people as well. There may be other challenges and complications that may be borne tomorrow which persuade humanity to think so differently in attitude and conceptualization.

Challenges and technological advancements are forcing the world to reorient, reorganize and shift the mentality and perspective toward the world we are living in, to a different aspect and way of viewing of the world, and managing its affairs in a different way than as was before. In such a world, to feel so nationalistic at this critical time of the planet may not mean important and necessary, but rather we may need to enlarge the boundary of our nationalistic feelings considering our planet as one nation, which demands the change in attitude and mental settings.  Our attitude towards nationalism needs to be changed in terms of perspective as well which considers the entire globe as one nation, which may not be simple, but we can give a try and see how the world will look like if the world of humanity perceives the whole planet as one nation, and try to work together in building this world by integrating the necessary components that are necessary to form it as one big nation.

Such way of life is not done by the instrumentality of any given religious mentality and thinking or any other political ideology since such way of life is practiced and done before and failure is one of the hobbies of life in such given aspect. Such global thinking is something the process of life brings about since people interact and communicate more and better by the instrumentality of way of life or any given ideology people believe and practice. By the end of the day, such thinking and mentality is come in any given individual mentality or thinking although religion or politics become instrumental, but they are not something that should be considered as end goal for such life, but they serve as one of the processes of life since peoples’ desire of belonging to any given political ideology or religious belief and system is depleting in every day and time.

If we are thinking with the traditional mentality of nationalism that we already have, we are not capable enough to solve the problems that we are facing, for the nature of many problems are more of interlinked with many nations, and our attitude of nationality, as we can witness, is another additional problems to the ones we already have, which needs further and different remedy as well. Nationalism is indeed one of the gods that people worship, for they have pride being a citizen of what they assume a good nation.  It is good to belong where our life is easy going and become simple. One can have any nationality, for it is not derived out of effort and hard work, rather it is created by the exercise of the free will of other people before us and by the power beyond our control.  Who else is borne in a country where one wants to be?  If that is the case none of us will be borne nowhere, except in a place where life is good, and the world will be densely populated in one place and no enmity and such chaos would have been in abundant.

It is the free will of our parents that brought us to this world, and to a very specific country, tribe and family, but not our original desire and mentality. It is not our excellence and brilliance that made a contribution for any one of us to be borne in a particular place, which does not need our expertise and intelligence, rather there might be a mystery that we need to find out. When we are brought from non-existent to existence, it was not even the choice of our parents, but as a matter of the design of the nature of this world, in which they have also no choice and it is not their free will to have us and be born in their house, and our mothers to carry us in their womb, but they are already destined for that.  None of us need passport or visa to be born in a particular place.

We came from the world [even if it is non-existent] that we have never experienced limitations like this one, where our identity is tagged by the many listed identifications of this world, and our actions and reactions are controlled by the many rules and regulations that awaited us without the original consent and advise of us, in which we exercise and accept them with such obedience that we have no choice and options. People are proud for their nationality is different and they assume that they are better than others due to their nationality mentioned on their passport, but they have twenty fingers, two eyes, one nose, two legs, the inventory is the same as the others, and there can be no difference between human beings because of this. Their different nationality, which makes them to pride, have never helped the world of humanity to solve the problems afflicting today, but rather it is becoming by itself a problem and a ‘sick mentality’ that the feeling of betterment towards identity creates another complication whose effect puts the world of humanity in a vicious circle of crisis.

People should help with each other than have pride one with the other, for in cooperation lies the nobility of human beings, not in competition. Human beings have been competing for years, and it should be enough.  The end of days for competition has to come, and people should work hard to close the chapter of competition. Such competition makes life and people in this world as rats and cats. The feeling and thinking of enmity is caused because of such given way and style of life. Nationalism is so contagious that the moment one gets into this world, it welcomes every one with registration and identity, and gives no chance for anyone to think and to decide, and binds all to live under it.  It is such a dictator, and everyone has no choice except to be tagged and labelled under it, which creates boundary, differences and feelings of antagonism between the peoples of the earth, who should belong as citizens of one nation and one world.

 

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