View Poll Results: Should Every Nation Think Itself Exceptional?

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  • Yes, of course, that's patriotism!

    10 28.57%
  • It depends -- maybe the middle powers, like Italy or Egypt.

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  • No, only the great nations really have a claim to exceptionalism.

    1 2.86%
  • No nation should think they're exceptional, it's nationalistic and dangerous.

    17 48.57%
  • Each nation should think itself exceptional for some things, but not for everything.

    7 20.00%
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    If we're talking in the core of the term's meaning, that a nation is notable and extraordinary in some way, then it's up to them.

    All the great powers of the world can shout it from the mountain tops (America, UK, France, China, Japan, Germany, etc), along with nations that have vibrant cultures and and are rising (like Brazil or India, for example) or "small", prosperous nations like Norway or Denmark. Pride is good in nice doses and a feeling of "special-ness" helps a nation long as these things don't translate to "we're better than you and you are an inferior people for not being on our level". That's where the issues come in, America and many other nations have had this issue in some shape or form throughout history.

    Far as prideful citizens go, everyone thinks their nation is the best. I've seen this with Colombians, Canadians, Americans, Brits, Italians, hell even Cubans, and so on. It's about more than economic power or test scores.

    Personally, I don't think every nation is exceptional. But, I think that label is up for debate entirely and not something that's easily settled. Couldn't help but laugh when Putin said America wasn't exceptional -- a history of feats and innovation says otherwise, but it was obviously a hot case of bull****. Though, I also think Russia is an exceptional nation.

    You could definitely say that there are nations exceptional in far more ways than others, no doubt. People don't need to go hanging their heads down to avoid hurting someone's feelings, we are all not on the same level when it comes to something like this. Of course, none of this changes that we should shift towards a world that doesn't **** on one another -- but that's a dream for now.
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    Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Depends on whether exceptional means "better" or merely "different."
    Both. And yes they do and should. The thing is that each country's exceptionalism will take on a unique flavor.

    My job as an American, however, is to devalue every other country's place in the world and uphold my exceptionalism.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Canada and Canadians are known for being humble and unassuming - that's what makes us exceptional
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Every country should view itself as unique in some respect, otherwise there is no justification for it existing. I suppose that means exceptional.

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    "Should Every Nation Think Itself Exceptional?"

    Yes. Except for Belgium, of course.

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Every nation is exceptional in some way.

    Some people seem to believe that 'exceptional' and 'better' are synonyms. They're not.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrylek View Post
    Yes. Except for Belgium, of course.
    Best beer in the world. That's exceptional!

    /thread
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    No exceptions!

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Best beer in the world. That's exceptional!

    /thread
    And by association, best monks in the world.

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Exceptionalism is just a rationalization for running roughshod over smaller nations.

    I really can't think of a good justification for any nation claiming to be "exceptional," to the point where it licenses actions that would not be acceptable if done by another nation.

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