Chauvinism and Nationalism
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
George Orwell, 1984
Most of us around were educated that word nationalism represents something terrible and nasty.
Most of us do not even consider to analyze what word nationalism represents. Furthermore, most of us do not bother to investigate if the meaning of the word nationalism is misinterpreted using an interpretation of another word, that of Chauvinism.
Let us play!
Word Nationalism is widely used to manipulate the feelings of the masses.
Presented together with the cause for something universal, like that all people are equal, regardless of skin color or religion, word nationalism is used to mark those who still possess the love for their country, region, the nation as some pariahs and people who hate other people.
That is well-placed and professionally executed propaganda by the followers of those who are manipulating masses and openly sending messages that “everything is for grab now”!
Ronald Reagan well said that there are no left or right! Only up and down!
“Up,” meaning the love for the place you live in, the roots of the family you are coming from, the family you will be making, and the children you will be educating. Obviously, down is all the opposite.
For those who do not know, Ronald Reagan was that actor, who became a 40th President of the USA from 1981 till 1989.
You, us, are thought that the only real-time is present. That might be, however, you, and we, are manipulated to degrade all of our previous histories and family values. If one tries to express himself as a patriot who loves the nation, he or she is born in, it is automatically baptized, or better, gets the etiquette of Nationalist! The question is, why?
Why do the manipulators insist on making a stereotype of the word nationalism as something wrong?
Common sense answer is simple! Without a nation to love and share values, you are easier to be manipulated further! You are becoming more comfortable to be channeled towards the “modern” way of accepting things. Like the frog in lukewarm water! Ready to be cooked without noticing!
Recently I had a delightful conversation with 83 years old men who lost his wife five years ago after 56 years of marriage! He was and still is a nationalist! He loves his nation and his family and does not hate anyone! Even those who occupied part of his country! His values are profoundly human and sincere. He simply, genuinely, and not blindly loves his nation!
On the other hand, you have the word Chauvinism.
Word Chauvinism is not widely used. Again common sense reason is that the meaning of the word Chauvinism is precisely the meaning being implied to the term Nationalism!
So let us see how the dictionary presents the word Chauvinism.
1)the denigration, disparagement, and patronization of either sex based on the belief that one sex is inferior to the other and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit
2)biased devotion to any group, attitude, or cause
3)zealous and aggressive patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory
One could make it simple by stating that Chauvinism is overwhelming devotion towards any group, attitude, or cause and hatred towards all the others! But that is implied in the modern explanation of the word nationalism! Just to see how penetration towards the indoctrination of young generations is organized. It takes a lot of patience and persistence to overcome all that brainwashing and educate at least your loved once with a clear mind.
However, dictionaries could not yet hide the real meaning of word nationalism, even that afterward, there is the tendency to equalize it with chauvinism.
1) spirit or aspiration common to the whole of a nation
2) devotion and loyalty to one’s own country, patriotism
Other explanations are closely connected with the manipulative purpose of conceptual power, which does not want any connection of the people with their roots and nations’ values.
Common sense explains the word Nationalism as love for a native nation without hate to any other nation or group!
As a conclusion of this short words play, we can say that any half-true explanation can be presented to the masses as the only truth!
How right was George Orwell in his works!
Why, on the one hand, some are encouraged to have ten children, and some are discouraged with different manipulative techniques, not even to get married! Why there is so much pressure to protect the rights of minorities and not at all even thought to, at least respect, the rights of other people. Equality needs to be real for all! Whoever manipulates the right to equality is firstly doing wrong for itself!
It is the same as interpreting the word Nationalism as word Chauvinism.
Connect and Respect