No to Nationalism

I'm not nationalistic.
It narrows my perspective. Not everyone in the world is a Filipino. It's a precursor to racism.
Nationalism is an idea that causes prejudice, death and hatred.
Some people use that idea to hold on to an identity. But it's not personal identity. It's social. And identifying with any society can turn into, for example, a holocaust. Nationalism is an advocate for "survival of the fittest" and supremacist ideologies, and that leads to needless deaths. It leads to renewal too, but renewal by massacre, or genocide, or mass murder...*

Filipinos being nationalistic would be an irony, because we are all over the world, earning our living by probably every known human currency. I work in Riyadh. My Girlfriend works in Taiwan. We support our families in the Philippines. I've heard people say that you're not a Filipino if you have no family member or relative working abroad. Forget national pride. Forget pride, period. Pride is the reason why we think we're better than anyone else. Someone is always better than us. No one is better than us. Presidents serve their countries, their people pay them their salaries, politicians brainwash the masses, Rome invades Europe. Whatever...
This writing is not anti-Filipino. This is anti-nationalism. I just happened to be a Filipino.

*Interestingly, the company I work for is expanding in Armenia. In 1915, The Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey), sought to exterminate the Armenian minority from their territory/ies during and after World War 1. "It is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides... and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust."--Wikipedia ; Only yesterday, Thursday, I sent finished graphics to our contact there named Armine. In a sense, she is a holocaust survivor.

Can we abolish nationalism and live in a globalized society?

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