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 

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

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

  1. National pride is comparison. My country, your country. Which one’s better. Leads to protectionism by assuming that every country has different values. Sure we may look different and speak another language and eat different foods but is that as far as it goes. But really underneath all of that we are no different from one another. In fact we all have much more in common that we do any difference. There is nothing wrong with seeing the value of where we live, so long as we also see what it is that needs to be learned and understood from the culture in which we live. Which is no different from anyone else.

  2. This is an ongoing process till all of a sudden you realise you are a citizen of the world and that where you were born is simply where you are to do your work – “in connection with and for humanity”

  3. Who we are is not of our origin or our environment, but what we choose to live inside us by our quality wherever we are. Yes, there are places we feel we are needed to be sometimes, but that can be more about what we bring there than what we stand to gain.

    1. National pride we use to gain something, to inflate oneself to feel better than the other and in that activity we are completely ignorant of the fact that we are all one.

  4. “Love where you grew up, love where you live, but know you are so much more than this.” To be identified by one’s nationality, job, or in fact anything, is to reduce you to be less than who you truly are as the identification confines you in a box when in truth you are boundless.

    1. This is the irony – that we think the more we gather external factors to validate and justify ourselves, the greater we are. But the actual evidence throughout society is that the more people hide behind such props and labels, the less freedom there is to live the boundless, expansive and inclusive grandness of our true expression.

      1. Well expressed Golnaz as it is such a powerful illusion we live in that the more material accolades we have – wealth, university degrees, fame, etc. – the freer we become when in truth we become constricted within the identification we have chosen and hence less free.

  5. The country that we are born into does not define who we are as people, we define who we are by the choices we make.

  6. To have pride in the country we were born into keeps us small and contracted and for as long as we fuel and feed this pride in our daily lives we remain small and contracted; there is So much more to us than this belief we purposely attach ourselves to keep and delay us from living the expansive and loving human being that we are.

  7. See one suffer and for it to be acknowledged in the sense that it is happening but turning the blind eye and choosing to have nothing to do with it because it is not of the land you are apart of and believe you have some form of ownership over is very very very lost. Great to get this discussion going.

  8. Ownership is a big thing – we are proud with what we like / ie a nice country, a better system – but we deny that all that is between us is water and that we have a responsibility to see the whole picture and the state of the world not just where we live.

  9. Our natural essence is love and if we expressed our innate qualities, the ones we are born with as a baby, without it being tainted and twisted by such things as ideals, beliefs, hurts and fed thoughts, we would naturally be caring, considerate and loving of one another. Anything that promotes and encourages anything less than this, keeps us from re-connecting to and living our divine essence. Nationality consciousness has throughout history not only separated groups of humanity from one another, it has also sanctioned wars and major atrocities. Does this concept have anything to truly appreciate? Not in my books.

  10. Spending time over the years with people from so called different nations has been such a joy, not least because of the melting of such barriers by the fire in our hearts.

  11. We should be proud of the qualities that serve all of humanity and not hold back in sharing it with the world but everything that we use to make us superior, better or grander we need to understand fosters separation and does not evolve us in anyway, none of us.

  12. We seem to have national pride but not species pride – as in we don’t take pride in what we live, we just do what the done thing is hoping we can make it look better than the next.

  13. National pride is a bit like alcohol when we use it, however small the amount or however we behave responsibly with it, we allow its existence and its effects like aggression, abuse and so on.

  14. When it comes to considering the issue of “national pride” do we want to champion the pride in belonging to one nation or the belonging to a universe?

  15. “Love where you grew up, love where you live, but know you are so much more than this. ” Yes Stephen, when we honour the grandness we are first and beyond any external identification, we can genuinely appreciate what our birth place can offer to us. But if we do it on the contrary way, we can lose ourselves in those identifications and easily be fooled by them.

    1. Yes I hadn’t considered it this way round but it makes so much sense that to love where we live and where we grew up but that it does not define us. We are clearly from the same source even though some may argue what that source is, there is clearly a human being-ness that connects us all. Perhaps the connection should speak louder than the man-made borders.

  16. We can make it all too easy for each other to relinquish personal responsibility and stay ignorant – or justify the facts of what is going on in the wider world. Great Stephen that you bring in the Ageless Wisdom to highlight and offer an opportunity for deeper consideration.

    1. When I lived abroad in Italy, the prejudices I would hear about the English would sometimes shock me and likewise amongst English colleagues conversations could run to a dismissal of the way Italians would do things. The hurt this could generate for people thus creating an ‘us and them mentality’ was not considered nor was it considered that we are all the same in truth. So important that this is nominated.

  17. National pride when it becomes nationalism is very harmful – seeing the world as an us against them place eschewing co-operation.

  18. It is kind of ironic that by accepting the far lesser form of brotherhood like Nationality, having borders or being part of a certain religion, we are keeping true brotherhood, at bay for so much longer than could be possible.

  19. Okay so it is kind of strange that we create random invisible lines by which we split ourselves up into grouping that we call countries. But when this extends to ‘us and them’ disagreements and transgressions, and when we conveniently close down our awareness of atrocities and abandon any sense of responsibility and care just because it is not within our defined borders, the true evil behind such an endeavour starts to show.

  20. We are so much more than a border, flag or language. What rich society we will make when we eventually see through all the false identities to the core of us all, a precious Love and all encompassing Wisdom that innately knows we are all one family.

  21. It’s like with national pride there can be a selective ‘unity’ – a togetherness with a select group but still a ‘better than’ others way of thinking rather than recognising that we are one race – one nation of humans.

    1. Sometimes I feel like its almost a reluctant unity because within the one nation there are still divisions – Lancashire against Yorkshire for example, North vs South, racial tensions, gender tensions and so on. There can be no national unity with these divisions in play and so our national pride is exposed to be false when there is such disharmony within it. I agree we are one race – all interdependent on each other, but until we can sort this out at home we haven’t a chance of recognising it globally.

    2. In this ‘selective ‘unity’’ we do truly separate. Simply focusing on two football teams in a match illustrates this point. One team may be unified but at the expense of another. It’s the same with Nations… but when we break it down, how unified is a single nation really?

  22. I noticed that Ireland beat the all blacks last weekend it came to my attention by a Facebook post of someone saying how proud they were to be Irish, I couldn’t help but think of this article and how strange it is that we should fall for this false brotherhood.

  23. “What is a border… who decided where to put it?” We have some great examples of man made borders, such as The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall and Hadrians Wall. However high we make them though we can never actually block each other out, at some point the Love in our Hearts will always prove stronger than our man made notions of separation.

  24. It’s almost difficult to conceive how we have come to live so far disconnected from our true way of life and nature until we feel the influences which keep us repeatedly making the choice to be separate from each other by remaining in separation from our self. This is the trick – to keep us seeking outside of our self with a false pride in our achievements despite the fact that they further engrain the separation and bolster the division we have created.

  25. The ‘Look after our own’ mentality is such a protective and contracted way of living, if that is the foundation a country, city or neighbourhood stands on then there will never ever be true expansion and brotherhood.

  26. ‘What is a border… who decided where to put it?’ Exactly – how arbitrary is this! It doesn’t come with any purpose or sense but people buy into it so much. People I feel like to belong, to feel a bond with others and take on board this nationality stuff because it’s as good as the world seems to offer. What’s horrible is that nationality takes away the true brotherhood that people truly crave by dividing us into opposing factions.

  27. This comparison and competitive thing between nations is so damaging and not even achievable as no nation has it all, so rather than picking and choosing and championing certain things it might be better to celebrate and collaborate and learn from each countries strengths.

  28. We go to such great effort and resort to so much destruction to protect those imaginary lines in the sand and to protect something that divides us and keeps us apart from one another.

    1. Yes well said, it is also like there can be a false sense of security in being identified with a specific nation rather than the true settlement you describe of knowing who we are in essence and appreciating that in everyone else as well.

  29. It is quite exposing what it is we give our power away to, the external factors under the illusion of thinking that it defines who we are. But when they change, as they always do, what then of our knowing of who we are? And so, the chase continues at the mercy of an ideal that we try to fit into, governed not by the truth of who we are within, but the lies of all that we are not. There is a far greater and more powerful way to live guided by the truth of who we are from our connection to our essence that resides within us all, and The Ageless Wisdom Teachings have throughout the ages offered this as way of living in true power for us all to return to, today known as The Way of The Livingness.

    1. I witnessed the other day how with complete surrender came an immense power, it sounds like an oxymoron but I saw it with my own eyes. There is sooooo much more possible in life when we truly accept and live to the Ageless wisdom principles.

  30. It’s a great point about the borders we employ based on land or other differences to justify not embracing our fellow human beings as equal brothers. Ordinarily when we are in a work, family or friendship situation and someone needs support we employ our skill or offer our wisdom and care depending on what’s needed – no questions asked. Should we really turn this off because of differences in culture, race or nationalities?

  31. Because we do not dare being who we truly are we cling onto anything we can find identification with. It is a step by step process to let go of the many borders we have each build around ourselves to feel safe but which in truth have made us lonely and disconnected from each other. We are not here on our own, in fact there are more than 7 billion people on this planet, how can we possibly think any of us is better than another.

  32. I cannot imagine the engagement with ‘pride’ ever not drawing us into being more separate and more insular form others. By nature it is a call for “look at ME and MINE”. It is saying “I (and not you by the way) am great BECAUSE of this”. So it even holds within it a dismissal the true magnificence that is within us irrespective of any external factors and pinning it on some abstract element in our life.

  33. “Hello I am George a Son of God from the beautiful Australia.” .. “Hello I am Joss another Son of God from another gorgeous place in this universe of ours called Amsterdam.” Indeed one day we will communicate this way.

  34. Nationalism and culture are indeed very divisive and serve us not; they foster adversary and easily pit man against man, team against team and nation against nation. And this has been our very long in the tooth history to date. Time for a change? Maybe we are not ready yet and prefer to hang on to the outer and rather superficial identification that nationalism and culture bring to some.

  35. It is pretty crazy how people can have so much pride over a piece of land – and this cones in directly to keep us all in separation rather than taking responsibility for where we are at as a humanity

  36. There has to be identification before there is pride in a certain country. When we come to see that we are one humanity there cannot be the identification, and the pride with break down to a wider appreciation.

  37. It is very addictive to be proud of the country we were born in or in which we are living. The question is why being proud of those two countries especially? What is different about them as other people do the same about their two countries?

  38. It does feel a bit strange that we can communicate so easily now across the globe with the internet, and yet we do not feel any closer to our neighbouring countries with all the borders that seem to be on the increase again. When we connect to the wisdom that we are all one and the same, nationality has no place in the world.

  39. It just goes to show how desperately we seek to belong, or re-belong, when it has been us that have separated from The All in the first place, and then we cling to a part of it by way of national pride, in separation from what it is we truly seek and already belong to.

    1. Exactly Shirley-Ann… There is a desperation to belong… And all we have to do is simply to know ourselves, who we truly are and we will sense and feel that in the oneness that we truly are.

      1. Yes, Chris, it is rather as if we need to let go of all attachments and become truly self sufficient in order to come into knowing the oneness we all innately are. Like a trapeze artist, trusting and letting go and flying through the air in order to take up a connection on the other side, making the leap, to not needing to belong in order to know that we already belong.

      2. “…. making the leap, to not needing to belong in order to know that we already belong.” Contrary to all that we taught/conditioned to be yet so true.

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