Why Nationalism? Canada's 150th Celebration Reconsidered | ALifeLearned

Why Nationalism? Canada's 150th Celebration Reconsidered | ALifeLearned



Happy Canada day! Or is it? Why are we
still celebrating such things while experiencing so much advancement in
society that we actually have a Prime Minister arguing that Canada is one of
the first post national states? An idea can escape! Ideas are bulletproof! *chimes* Hello everyone, welcome
back to A Life Learned! My name is Becca, and today I want to talk to you about
nationalism, how let's develop through history, where it stands as a concept in
current times, and how your perception of it can have a huge impact on where
humanity takes it from here. Now for those who are familiar with the basic
history of nation-states, you'll know that nationalism is actually
a rather new concept in human history Since the beginning of agricultural
times most of human history has actually consisted of Kingdoms and Empires, with
borders that were constantly in flux as different powers fought for resources. It
was actually only a couple centuries ago that nations started to develop in
different areas around the world, but ultimately it was the defeat of the Nazi
Empire within Germany during World War II that proved the cycle of Empires
rising up over developed States had truly ceased to be the reigning paradigm;
and though some argue that the development of many of these nations has
been organic, via cultural and historical similarities among the
population, there have actually been many changes to the borders of smaller
nations as larger powers have chosen to bring together different ethno-cultural
groups, sometimes leading to terrible genocides, wars and mass death, as these
groups then fought for independence So in this way it's clear that nationalism
has grown out of, and continues to thrive on concepts of conflict. It's a way of
grouping people together that tends to support the division of the human race
into competing States, and is based on people defining themselves specifically
by who they aren't. But this sense of opposition was very effective in
creating a social glue that increased the sense of unity and loyalty within
larger nations as they first developed Thus, things like forced conscription and
national symbolic elements like anthems, flags, and military heroes were used to
reinforce the political homogeneity governments were trying to achieve among
the population they control. Though as technology continued to advance, so too
did international trade, and thus international relations; and with this,
things like multinational corporations began to develop,
greatly increase in global economic interdependence. Many advances in science,
technology, and medicine are accredited to these ever-increasing global
connections, as is the exponential growth of the human population as well! Trade
has grown to nearly half of the world's GDP, and a person's ability to access and
learn about other cultures has never been greater, with immigration on the
rise in many areas. Thus, our existence as a
global community has constantly been growing, but despite this, there are still
many people who hold a great deal of value in carrying pride for the country
they were born in; And though this really isn't surprising, considering the
patriotism, or national pride, that is still being indoctrinated into our
everyday lives, (again, through the nationalistic symbolism I mentioned
previously, as well as via being taught a sterilized version of history in public
education). This sense of pride has actually become rather counterproductive
to advancements in human society, as it works against our sense of global
community. But despite this, multinational corporations continue to encourage, and
reinforce many aspects of nationalism solely for the purpose of capital gain.
Over consumption of unnecessary products, (some of which for patriotic purposes), is
an activity that has been encouraged by corporations basically since their
origination, and Canada's 150 year celebration is no exception to this.
Everywhere I look there are products with some kind of Canada Day, or Canada
150 slogan on them, offering people discounts in the name of the country, or
some special offer that ends July 1st And in this way, the government and
corporations are working together to maintain this old social glue, with about
a half a billion dollars being invested in Canada celebrations nationwide. But
like the sales of most all products, these corporations are really only
concerned with the sale of the product itself, not with any national values or
meaning that may be behind it; and likewise, these entities are creating
mass amounts of waste and pollution through their various different means of
production, but showing little, to no concern for the resulting impact on the
environment, as they continue on with their push for ever-growing profits. So
considering how these multinational corporations have proven to have grown
well beyond the interest, or influence of any one nation alone, it seems clear that
they've become a global issue that much like climate change, needs to be
addressed on a global scale But as celebrations like Canada Day go
on, people are still being encouraged to build their identity based on the
limited scope of only one area in the world: where they were born; when what we
need is encouragement to see ourselves on a broader, more global scale; Not just
as Canadians, but as human beings! As society continues to advance, nationalism
is continuing to become more, and more just a matter of perspective,
and despite one's ability to find differences among people throughout the
world, ultimately we're all a lot more similar than we are different: we're all
just human beings! So with this, I encourage you to reconsider any ideas
you might have behind national pride, and reflect further on the ever-growing
international community that we live within. Open your mind to what the world
could grow to be and new ways we could learn to govern ourselves on a more
global scale, because it's only if you're coming together that the many global
issues we all face are actually going to be fully recognized and addressed.
Constantly seeing any problem as someone else's, through the separatism that
nationalism supports, is one of the main things that's been holding us back! Try
to be open to the interdependency that globalization is creating, and less
focused on identifying yourself based on your place of origin; and then please do
leave your thoughts in the comments below! Tell me: how do you think we could
become a world without borders? Or if you don't think so, tell me that as well. This is a social discussion about how we can advance, and
addressing doubts is a big part of that, so either way, whatever you think, please
do share in the comments below, and as always, do join me again next week where
I try again to share a little something I've learned in life!

6 thoughts on “Why Nationalism? Canada's 150th Celebration Reconsidered | ALifeLearned

  1. Justin Trudeau can eat a dick, and the nafta bullshit isnt making things better, I think its time we build our nation now, not destroy it. i.e. quit letting bombs in and wondering why they blow up.

  2. First of all Liberals invented nationalism. I think that was a big mistake but now we're in that mess.
    "Nationalism thrives on conflict" – But wasn't nationalism based on ethnic groups the solution to those conflicts? If we look at Yugoslavia which was a socialist national state for example these different ethnic groups did not really work well with each other and started bashing each other's heads in. The solution? Each ethnic group would just start to govern themselves. The Result: different independent sovereign nations without internal conflicts. The same happened to the Hapsburg Empire. And a couple other nation states that bunched a couple of ethnicity and cultures together. Infact it is often said that europeans drawing random boarders across Africa and the middle east and therefor putting ethnic and cultural groups into one state that didn't really share the same ideas about how to run society lead to all these massacres and civil wars we see in Africa today. Why can't each culture just govern themselves.

    I think we will end up bashing each other's heads in again if we think ALL diverse human cultures can live under the same system. It wont work out. We had nation states living peacefully side by side in Europe and other places for a long time now. This seems to work out after we put all our disagreements aside, why do we need to create new problems. It's not like we are going to stop being humans.

    Also I think you conflate Culture with Nationalism a lot (patriotic symbols probably just being symbols of each culture group that is native to the culture). Is the rising sun on the Japanese flag a "nationalist" symbol or a cultural one?

  3. great video, I think this the best one I have seen from you. Your getting really good at this and picking topics That you research and though it out. Weather I agree with you or not, could be up for debate, but lets not, and leave it at "It was a great video". Look forward to seeing what comes next.

  4. Personally, i think we've evolved enough that a global government would be useful. No idea how we'd go about getting one peacefully, but i think its time. Damn girl, this video could have ended with a mic drop.

  5. Don't let snowflakes ruin your beautiful thing be proved be Canadian even with all problems we having presently. The Canadian value is democracy and human rights.Learn Jordan Peterson Brain Palliters Maxime Benier Brad Wall even the rebel media. We have a lot problems around the globe but it is hard to put then all the same page. We start at home city province and the country. Even as a country we can't control others countries however we have to fight radicals and teach national responsibility. I be honest I believe in Country as union as nation. ..

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