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    Are We Really Our People?

    Hello everyone, I've often heard arguments between people (including on the Internet) where this topic comes up: pride or shame in our people/ancestors. By ancestors I mean our people as a whole, for example Germans, Danes, Americans, and so on. The threads asking "are you proud of ashamed of the barbarian stereotype" or "apologizing over historical events" are for example what I mean. On the one hand, some think it's wrong to apologize for the Holocaust or Apartheid, on the other hand, if someone "brags" about the achievements of his people he is pushed against a wall and told he should not act as if he had anything to do with it, and to find some personal ones instead.

    Which attitude is yours? Do you identify with the actions of your ancestors/people, good and bad, or do you think we should be more individualist and focus on our personal achievements first and foremost?
    THINK! It's not illegal yet.

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    Be proud of who you are is my philosophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sissi View Post
    Which attitude is yours? Do you identify with the actions of your ancestors/people, good and bad, or do you think we should be more individualist and focus on our personal achievements first and foremost?
    I really don't think they exclude each other at all because these two types of taking pride (or shame) are not the same.

    I identify with the actions of my people - because i am a part of them.

    And my archievements shall contribute to my folk, even if it may be just on a small scale.

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    I feel equally ashamed of my ancestors mistreatment of other peoples as I feel proud over their achievements and the legacy I've inherited. The shameful acts are reminders of that neither we are perfect, and the glorious acts are examples I try to live up to myself.

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