domingo, abril 01, 2007

The real world

«All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. (...) Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them.
(...) Moreover, although endlessly brooding on power, victory, defeat, revenge, the nationalist is often somewhat uninterested in what happens in the real world. What he wants is to feel that his own unit is getting the better of some other unit, and he can more easily do this by scoring off an adversary than by examining the facts to see whether they support him. All nationalist controversy is at the debating-society level. It is always entirely inconclusive, since each contestant invariably believes himself to have won the victory. Some nationalists are not far from schizophrenia, living quite happily amid dreams of power and conquest which have no connection with the physical world.

G. Orwell, Notes on Nationalism (1945)

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