I think patriotism is even too strong an emotion for one’s fatherland/motherland, it’s so outdated. I mean can’t we just be like a global sports league and have teams that we cheer for, why does it have to be so noble to be a patriot, I think it is more important to love one’s fellow humans around the planet than just one group.
I don’t think culturally whitewashing everything would be great either, I love ethnic diversity as long as it doesn’t infringe on human rights.
But shaming someone for not being patriotic or taking patriotism lightly should end. Don’t you love your family and friends more than some abstract concept of nation that just serves to manipulate people?
And how has multiculturalism failed exactly? The local multicultural food scene is vibrant. Give it a chance. It’s not like multiculturism means changing one’s own culture in favor of another, many cultures live in Calgary and I feel like this should be normal. Perhaps its failure lies in the recent resurgence of far-right parties I admit.
That’s it! I am going to mind control the world! They can’t get along? I will make them!