National Pride – where’s our Ageless Wisdom?

It’s funny the things we identify with isn’t it? Consider national pride… such a curious belief. After all, why would we take pride in something we have no significant part in shaping? We pop out on a specific patch of land and it can seem to define our whole life. We use it to measure our experiences against, identify with, and even recoil from. A pride or shame, basking or wincing, heightened and deflated egos based on something wholly external to our being, out of our control.

Someone tells you: “Your country is beautiful!” How do you react? Does your heart swell with pride? Of course, it’s not really your heart but a part of you that identifies positively with something that is not you. Are you proud because the area of land you live on looks postcard pretty, has a fascinating history or is abundant in wealth or creativity? Again, it is not you – you should be taken neither up nor down by the accolade in relation to the value of you as a person. And yet do we not do this.

What is a border… who decided where to put it? Can your self-worth be crushed or your spirits be raised by the fate of ‘your sporting team’ from the country you have on your birth certificate, or even the region you identify with, hating those living 20 minutes the other side of a man-made boundary because an idea planted in your head calls them ‘different’?  And what of the politics of your nation, the culture you get steeped in, the religions that permeate your life, the beliefs forged, the history known, the ‘achievements’ recognised? It is worth repeating – none of this is you!

‘Scotland Shame’ ran one famous headline from my country of birth regarding the blight of Sectarianism, and the violent religious prejudice that divides a great many. But is that every person in the country’s shame? Whose shame is it? And why feel shame – what is it offering? Is there within a true call to responsibility to address the issue that led to the headline? Where is the healing in this? We can so easily be undone by a man-made loathing wrapped up in a geographical location that has reverberated beyond our current lifetime.

Is it national pride that keeps us from caring about people suffering in the Mexican drug wars with its mass-scale corruption and violent soap opera culture – (a readymade Netflix series, ‘Narcos,’ for a new century re-cycling Columbia’s past – same energy, different location); or the human rights abuses in the Middle East where women can be raped and put in jail as if criminal offenders, as we in the West turn a blind eye because our comfortable pasture ranks higher in importance than the rights of women in a ‘foreign’ country? Even the madness of gun control in the self-proclaimed ‘greatest country in the world,’ USA, where some minds want to arm teachers rather than address the root causes that have normalised gun wielding security guards in their schools. It’s not our country so who cares… leave them to their mess.

Yet perhaps it is your country. And if so, do you measure up and say, “Well, we have this problem but at least we’re not in Damascus or Mogadishu or Palestine,” or you justify and defend the loveless situation because something made you proud of ‘your’ nation and its culture; the proud relief that you do something ‘better’ than someone else. We might have a problem with domestic violence or religious bigotry but we grow the best tasting peaches.

Where do such feelings of attachment lead us, such identification with an area or a race of people? It has led us to a ‘look after our own’ mentality, to disconnect us from our natural brotherhood, blocking our loving intelligence when at heart we know we are inextricably interconnected. Must we live in such a protective bubble against the ‘unknown others’ who we perceive to look and be different, and even consider dangerous, when in fact they are just as we are – only born into different circumstances?

To have pride in the culture, food or language of our geographical location strips us of knowing who we are beyond the things we do, the way we live, the illusion of individuality.

National pride is so often narrow-minded. Have appreciation for where you live for sure, feel blessed, enjoy what’s on offer, but to identify as a nationality, separate to another, better, unique, keeping others out of your heart because they occupy a different piece of land on this globe is not our truth. It is in fact a lie. This is the lie we easily believe, and this is madness. It doesn’t tell the truth of the Ageless Wisdom that binds us, the science of our interconnected past, present and future, the particles, the stars and the Universe.

Don’t believe me? So be it. But one day you’ll come to see that we are all from one source, that those particles are bound up in each other far more than our current ways of living allow us to see, with not a national flag in sight, and no one’s shame or pride to carry, no burden we need bear. Love where you grew up, love where you live, but know you are so much more than this. This current world needs you more than ever to be everything you are, not a symbol of one small patch of land but a Universal Man* living in connection, with and for Humanity.

(*denotes man or woman, not gender specific)

By Stephen Gammack, Sydney, Australia

Related Reading:
Countries in Comfort
We are all one
Understanding the Energetic Responsibility of a Nation

689 thoughts on “National Pride – where’s our Ageless Wisdom?

  1. It is a great excuse for abdication of responsibility when we choose to ignore the impact of the way we live on others. If we were to consider ourselves citizens of the world, a one humanity, it might encourage us to consider that bigger picture. Even that does not do justice to who we are and what we are capable of but it is a good start.

  2. Yes we accept particular situations because they are perceived as better than another has it, yet we cannot ignore the things that are abusive in our environment regardless of how it compares to anywhere or anyone else. Time to raise the standard of love in our own lives so it can have a ripple effect far beyond the eyes can see.

  3. Another way to consider the false notion of borders is when you look at animals – birds, whales and many other animals constantly migrate north and south throughout the year. And yet they have no passports and no security control to check numbers going accross borders. There is a union and a harmony that reigns when they do this and it is all done with due respect. Animals generally do not prescribe to this notion of borders in terms of countries and nationality, but as humans we have decided this is an important way to identify who we are, rather than looking deeper within and knowing that in the end we have the same blood coursing through our veins.

  4. Borders are an interesting one to consider, and I like to think of children sometimes with this – when we are young it does not matter to us what colour a person is, what their so called nationality is, or where they have come from, we just play with them. And of course then comes a time when we grow into seeing ourselves as individuals and we begin to see differences and think that we are different. And we can draw the line on the couch and say “this is my side and you may not even put a finger over that line or else I will get mad and get at you” – I certainly recall doing that with my siblings growing up. But this is a learned behaviour and not one that is naturally at our core.

  5. National pride is a trick to get us to compete against each other and to separate us, defending our place of origin as if it was special. We have no need to be divided from others, when in essence, we are all the same.

  6. Having pride in being “…. a Universal Man* living in connection, with and for Humanity” is far grander than in a nation, so why choose less?

  7. Maybe if we consider reincarnation as a possibility, our national pride acutally comes from a spiritual pride of being born in a certain country with a particular group conciousness that we were attracted to?

  8. This is a great blog to read because it highlights the true mess we are in, we have swallowed a lie and made it a living truth.

  9. I just love the title of this blog – like where is our ageless wisdom? We all have access to it and all can live it. Is national pride really so desirable once we see the divide it triggers and the subsequent suffering?

  10. Some people may deny the Ageless Wisdom or turn their backs on what they know in their bodies, but the Ageless Wisdom does not bother, it goes no-where but waits patiently for us all to get it, and one day, we will.

  11. When we live on an island your border is easy to define or a single continent, but who are the original natives. The more things change, the more they remain the same. National pride grows out of conflicts that are settled by war and who has won the battle. Is the biggest battle that still has not been won, the one with ourselves?

  12. On a large and small scale our identification with ourselves as individuals, groups, nations etc perpetuates our deviation from what is our natural unity and pull to work together. And we call ourselves intelligent?!

    1. It would be far wiser to consider ourselves as a one humanity, borderless and not as individuals. I find nature a great inspiration for that because the only borders in nature are defined by water and that has a flow and a movement that illustrates the impact of movement through ripples and waves. Everything affects everything and it is illusion to consider what we do, say and the way we live does not impact on another.

  13. The other day I pondered about Europe. Most of it would fit into the same space as the US or Australia. How did so many different languages start that were held behind their borders? Could it be, the ultimate device to keep us in separation that we call National Pride?

  14. We may use our origins to identify, to give us a sense of who we are. Our culture may make it easy for us to connect with others of a similar culture, our social norms may make it easy to fit in – but neither of that means that we are our true selves, that we are in connection with our heart and express from a loving place.

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