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A state of minds, not reality.
A temporary, fortified
A contrivance for
control by convention.
Mankind’s attempt at
integration and integrity.
Demarcated land on
which generations toil and die successfully protecting it.
People united on
common ground by consensus, historical imperative, coercion or
cohesions engendered and compelled by commonalities: Appearance,
customs, language, goals, enemies, a flag.
ambitious attempt to unite people by inculcating common purpose
and goals … usually most cohesive when citizens perceive
A future anachronism
referring to a time when ‘land boundaries’ contained cultures
that perpetuated a heritage of provincial languages, history and
acknowledged and possibly respected designated territory peopled
by homo sapiens who are united by rules and behavior and
dominated by some sort of hierarchy.
- Perhaps the
larger a country grows the more likely it will dissemble.
- Perhaps the most
successful nations are those that allow the ‘full flourish’
- Perhaps national
celebrations encourage ‘shared identity’ which is essential
- Perhaps a group’s
stability and productivity are seriously undermined when
people are dominated by fear.
- Perhaps tribes
uniting for common purposes was the beginning of NATION;
perhaps however, too many tribes often dilute purpose.
- Perhaps for a
country to remain whole and beneficent it must
democratically elect officials who devise and maintain
unifying, respectful, codified norms that inhibit excesses
of individual whim while safeguarding individual rights.
- Perhaps nations
will eventually give way to small communities united
worldwide by a code of ethics: Respect and caring for ALL
with nurturing families at its core; perhaps selfishness and
violence will become a primitive relic viewed as
- Perhaps the
burgeoning population of countries with centralized
government undermines citizen fidelity due to a resented,
‘out of touch’ bureaucracy that pontificates arbitrarily and
cavalierly; perhaps the best solution to maintaining
solidarity is effective, localized governing.
- Perhaps in order
for societies to accomplish ‘great’ feats individuals must
yield a portion of their independence; perhaps to avoid the
morass and oppressiveness of government rules and
regulations leaders must empower dynamic enterprises of
various sizes to employ skilled, committed workers.
civilization is most civil when citizens and their
government abide by the Golden Rule: “Due unto others as you
would have done unto you”; perhaps the ‘undoing’ of nations
is elitism; perhaps the best safeguard is to temper
autocratic nationalism with sincere understanding and
equanimity for the individual.
ESSAY ON NATION by EDWIN
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