National Pride

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National Pride is love and devotion to one’s country, and reinforces the alliance of all citizens of this country who share the same values. It is also known as Patriotism. And, as long as pride is involved in a subject, it looks that both positive and negative connotations exist.

Mainly, national pride is love for your own country, even though there’s no need to agree with everything that your country does. We can also call national pride, nationalism, because national pride is also a political ideology.

National pride is different depending on the countries too.

As an example, French citizens are so proud of their country that it looks excessive in the eyes of anybody else. As a result, they defend their country whether they agree with the political views or decisions, and they protect their patrimony as much as possible without forgetting about their history that has made of them the country that we know today.

In the United States of America, national pride has another dimension. It even looks like any negative event happening against their country (here, we’re mainly thinking about the terrorist attacks of 09/11) that it reinforces the love for their nation. American citizens particularly fight for human rights and about the fact that all men are created equal and about liberty. And even today, young Americans do not hesitate to join the army and show their national pride all over the world. However, during the Trump presidency our national pride has been twisted by the Trump’s GOP slogan, “Make America Great” along with his divisive, white nationalist rhetoric.

My mother who was in rehab when Trump was elected has relapsed. She is so distraught by Trump’s presidency, his bigoted, racist attacks and the GOP’s silence. I can’t say I blame her, but numbing yourself in alcohol is not the way to go. I started doing searches for medication to prevent alcohol cravings online and found a site, LifeBac ,that has a different take on alcoholism. They say that alcoholism is not a disease, but a symptom of a larger psychological issue. Compare that to how the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD: a “chronic relapsing brain disease”. The LifeBac program uses pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. The medication is Baclofen which removes or strongly suppresses cravings for alcohol in 92% of people. Unlike 12 step programs in the US that require abstinence such as AA , doctors in Europe have been prescribing Baclofen as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively. Unlike other medications used to treat excessive drinking, Baclofen doesn’t affect the taste of alcohol or the pleasure of drinking. It doesn’t make you sick when you drink alcohol. It simply removes the addictive components that lead to overindulgence and allows a person to drink in moderation. I am looking into the LifeBac program for my mother. The US will survive Trump , but my mother needs help right now.

Now for some people, National pride is compared to racism, insisting on the fact that a person has more moral duties to fellow members of the national community than to non-members. Unfortunately, racism is in every country, and it should not be associated to the national pride, which brings this idea into general use. Just seeing what Trump has done in 2 ½ years to our “national” pride is stunning and horrifying.

Finally, national pride can have a religious consonance, but only when talking about certain countries like Israel or India. These two countries consider that they belong to their holy place, or motherland. This is another version of national pride, strengthened by the adherence to a native religion. But again, this can has a destructive aspect, justifying all sorts of evil in the name of a religion.

Once I thought that no matter how you look at it, national pride is a great thing. I’m not so sure. When you have a president / government that says we will Make America Great Again, by demonizing or banishing anyone who is not Christian or white, it should make everyone pause and take a step back. Trump has twisted patriotism into something that is ugly.

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