Yes, of course, that's patriotism!
It depends -- maybe the middle powers, like Italy or Egypt.
No, only the great nations really have a claim to exceptionalism.
No nation should think they're exceptional, it's nationalistic and dangerous.
Each nation should think itself exceptional for some things, but not for everything.
"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
But to return to the topic - exceptional is strictly defined as 'being an exception' or 'uncommon'. But in common usage it almost always means being well above average, and extraordinary in that respect.
If one genuinely thinks this of one's own society - common sense (not to mention good manners) dictates that one keeps this to oneself. If for no better reason than that there is no such animal as the best country in the world, and it is seldom gratifying to be considered a self-aggrandising loony by one's peers.
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E.M. Forster
The US is a great nation, but we're not so exceptional that we can just **** over whoever we want for any reason we want. We need to learn to work with the other human beings who occupy this planet with us.
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"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
Well, America is exceptional at imprisoning its own citizens. We are the tops in that. We are also good in the Entertainment Industry if you allow the vapid pap that runs as entertainment.
Also where it comes to Education at the College or higher level there is no other place that has as many virtually worthless degrees than here. And I am not talking about basket-weaving either. I'm talking about:
English Lit (A classic Von-Newman type of reproduction),
Fine Arts (If you were any good wouldn't you go to an Academy instead?),
Law (There are already too many lawyers and unless you have connections or are really good then forget it.),
Education (Just forget it. No one respects teachers and you will never get to use your innate abilities to do the job as long as the government is in control of it.),
History related (Unless your goal is to teach history or do research, real research which cannot be found readily in sources, do not bother),
which leads to Ethnic Studies ( You must have a dead certain plan to put this to use or you are fretting away both your time and money),
and Philosophy (Look, unless you think that you would be able to contribute to the work of Philosophy, then leave it to the professionals since you won't become one.)
America might have the most variety of foods but most are an exception rather than the rule.
I suppose one area that Americans are most noted for is the ability to overcome obstacles in our way though the increased government assistances are weakening that over time.
An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave. -- Robert Anton Wilson
Exceptionalism is idiotic and stupid. Jingoism and nationalism does no one any good. Every country has their areas which they strive in and areas which the suck at. After all we are simply members of earth and we are divided by class and imaginary lines in the dirt/sand.
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