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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Thread: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    I find no value whatsoever in blind patriotism, it only leads to irrational thinking. Nobody is really great, every nation has it's strengths and weaknesses and only a fool would think their nation is perfect, just because it's their nation.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    I would have though that every country already thinks that it is exceptional by it's populace...

    ...why else do people cheer for their homelands during the Olympics, etc. ??
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Canada and Canadians are known for being humble and unassuming - that's what makes us exceptional
    ... Are you including the Quebecois in that statement?
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    My country is better and more exceptional than all the others.
    So follow me into the desert
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    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    ... Are you including the Quebecois in that statement?
    No. They, generally, don't consider themselves Canadian either.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    No. They, generally, don't consider themselves Canadian either.
    I find BC people to be the least humble. Pretentious hippy ****s for the most part. Then again, I've only been to the Van area.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I would have though that every country already thinks that it is exceptional by it's populace...

    ...why else do people cheer for their homelands during the Olympics, etc. ??
    A fatalistic sense of duty? The triumph of hope over expectation? On the sports field I don't think any British person thinks of their country as exceptional... except when one of our boys or girls is on a bicycle!
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I find BC people to be the least humble. Pretentious hippy ****s for the most part. Then again, I've only been to the Van area.
    The nicest people in Canada are in the Atlantic East - generally just all around great people - people in Ontario are generally very nice, but in the bigger cities can be a little aloof but that's just part of being humble and unassuming. People in the West, other than BC, are fiercely Canadian and very proud of who they are and what they bring to the country, and people in BC are one of God's experiments with the ravages of drugs on the human brain.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    The nicest people in Canada are in the Atlantic East - generally just all around great people - people in Ontario are generally very nice, but in the bigger cities can be a little aloof but that's just part of being humble and unassuming. People in the West, other than BC, are fiercely Canadian and very proud of who they are and what they bring to the country, and people in BC are one of God's experiments with the ravages of drugs on the human brain.
    Agreed. I've spent time in NB and NS. They're great places. People are extremely homely - a bit two faced - but extremely nice. It's a shame what's happened to that area in the last 50 or so years.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Mexico as "exceptional" ?

    Mexico as a nation has an inferiority complex.

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