A Nation is a Paltry Thing

A nation is a paltry thing: a space on a map; a pennant flapping in the wind.

A nation is a paltry thing: the illusion of identity and difference where no difference exists.

A nation is a paltry thing: its history numbered in mere hundreds (or thousands) of years; a span of time all too brief.

Yet we cling to the idea of nation, as if ennobled by it; sanctified by it; justified by it.

And some are willing to fight and die for a nation, as if a nation were more than a collective illusion.

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One Response to A Nation is a Paltry Thing

  1. Travis says:

    I think you would enjoy reading Martha Nussbaum’s essay Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism.

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