Friday, July 22, 2016

Jingoism - A Barrier to World Peace

“For myself and all other true National – Socialists there is only one doctrine: Nation and Fatherland. What we have to fight for is security for the existence and increase of our race and our nation, nourishment of its children and purity of its blood., freedom and independence for the Fatherland, and that our nation may be able to ripen for the fulfillment of the mission appointed for them by the Creator of the Universe.”

Adolph Hitler

One of the barriers to world peace has always been jingoism. Jingoism is a term for the feelings and beliefs of people who think their country is always right and, as a result, support aggressive acts against other countries. Unbridled nationalism has led to continuous atrocities that in the 21st Century have led us down a path toward endless war.

According to “The Promise of World Peace” published by the Universal House of Justice, “unbridled nationalism must give way to a wider loyalty, to the love of humanity as a whole.”  As we face endless wars perpetrated by the radicalization of patriotism and love of country, we are challenged to develop a new concept of world citizenship.

Love of the world’s citizens as well as all sentient creatures who share the earth with us does not exclude love of country. By loving on a larger scale, all citizens and creatures of the earth benefit and can live together in peace and harmony. Without that, we will continue on the endless cycle of war and destruction of the earth we all share. Peace matters and all lives (human as well as non-human) do matter. What do you think?

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