Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pride and Prejudice

No, not the Jane Austen classic, which personally I always found to be a bit of a bore but the unreasonable nationalistic pride and ridiculous prejudice that surfaces on the many 'have your say' opportunities in the media today. 'Blogs' in particular.
I reckon there should be a law making all citizens live and work in a number of other countries for a while. This might get rid of the stupid and bigoted ideas many still seem to harbour concerning other races, nationalities and creeds.
National pride is one thing, and very admirable too, but the playground style 'my countries better than yours' sort of arguments only serve to reveal a deep insecurity and in many cases a striking ignorance.
By chance I was lucky enough to have lived and worked in a number of different countries and continents and with colleagues of differing complexions. I would be hard pressed to say any one was better than another or that I preferred one to another.
Thankfully, each has it own strengths and weaknesses rather as we all do.
It is customary around this time of year to make some resolutions concerning your next twelve month's behaviour.
More tolerance and understanding should be on everybody's list for 2008.
A happy and prosperous New Year to you all.


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