There are those who believe, as Cecil Rhodes did, that to be born an Englishman is to have won first prize in life's lottery. I'm not one of them. Being proud of the geography of one's birth seems a little silly to me; it's like being proud of the fact you have grey eyes. You might find it nice, you might find it unpleasant, but there's very little you can do to change it. Why take credit for achievements you had no part in realising? Why feel guilt for mistakes made years or centuries before your birth?