We often see people “take it to the next level” in things they do, even on a daily basis. Imagine two people defending their school; let’s say a student from Sir John and one from St. Pats. Both are trying to convince the other that their school is the better, and each student gives reason for believing as much. Now imagine one of the students saying “My school is better because it just is. Your school is horrible and no one likes it because it isn’t St. Pats. And St. Pats is just better, you guys should just shut down your school because it’s dumb and isn’t just like St. Pats.” Would that student be justified? No, not so. They seem to have so much pride in St. Pats that they abandon all actual reason, and just become devout in character because they’re so convinced that St. Pats is the better school, almost blind faith in it, because they lose grasp of the reasons they actually have to love their school. This situation is comparable to ultranationalism. Both students start out with a strong sense of nationalism, which is devotion or patriotism to ones owns nation, or in this case; school. Although in this situation it isn’t a pressing conflict that will come to death or genocide, but sometimes it does. When people begin feeling ultranationalistic loyalties they may result in becoming violent, or begin feeling strong emotions of resentment towards other countries. Although it is important to have some sort of nationalistic loyalty, so that one can experience a true feeling of belonging within one’s own nation, however, it is important to be sure that these loyalties don’t become ultranationalistic because it often leads to racism, and in some cases violence towards members of other nations. A few examples of this are the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide of 1915, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
The Holocaust is the most famous act of ultranationalism, as well as the largest genocide ever to have been reported in history. Upwards of six million Jewish people...
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