Tuesday, December 07, 2004

National Pride and Prejudice

Apparently the sources of national pride cited by a National Opinion Research Center paper I found were the military, economy, democratic institutions and political influence for the US and "fair and equal treatment" in Ireland. This sounds consistent with this indistinct warm glow of moral self-satisfaction that I've always felt underpinned common base Irish patriotism, which may be some legacy of Catholic belief.

On the other hand, I've never been sure whether, if asked, any of the many Chinese, Romanians or Nigerian immigrants feel welcomed or at home.