An Interesting View on Nationality

told you anything could happen on the weekends here on Hungry and Fit! My brother introduced me to this site, Quora, awhile ago and it always has fascinating topics and discussions I enjoy reading. A month or so ago, I got a Quora digest including the Question/Answer of the question, “Are Germans proud to be German?” Here’s what a German answered…

“Nobody in Germany (except Neo-Nazis) will say “I am proud to be German”. That is a big no-no and has cost several public figures their jobs. 

Many Germans will also argue that it is illogical to be proud of the accident of birth that could have just as easily placed you in Rwanda, or to be proud of your nation’s achievements when you haven’t done anything to create them.

That being said, you can sometimes find people who are paradoxically “proud of not being proud”. They (and I myself am tending more and more towards that view) are proud of Germany for being basically the only nation that has identified patriotism as the root of much evil and done away with it. Read more about this kind of pride in Navid Kermani’s recent speech on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the German constitution:http://understandinggermany.de/p… (3rd section)” -Judith Meyer, find the link to entire discussion here.

I simply thought this was an interesting and thought-evoking answer that we are all due to think about. I suppose, as a Philosophy major, I believe it’s always important to think about everything and not ignore painful questions (#thoughtfulsunday). I hope you all have a lovely Sunday and Labor Day if you’re in USA! And as always, stay hungry and fit!

*Question of the Day: What do you think about the above answer to the question?
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  1. Eva

    August 31, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I thought that was interesting and read most , if not all of the comments as they started to repeat themselves . I think Neo-Nazi and anyone of that mentality seems to be the key phrase here. My uncle served in the army and was stationed in Germany for two years in the 1960’s and he loved it and the people so much so that he went back years later . I remember going to a diner as a child with my grandfather as a child and just adoring the German couple who owned it and were so kind to me. It was not until much later in life that I did get a taste of that Neo-Nazi mound thought which made me re-think all that I had previously thought. Every country has good and bad eggs

    • hungryandfit

      September 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Well said .