Nationalism and Patriotism – Not the same, but still as bad
“I am Ukrainian, and I am proud of it!”
That single phrase might be disliked by many, yet that is the only truth I could speak.
In a world where almost everything is disturbing, these phrases should actually not be weird, as what I do is patriotic.
Patriotism is a British English word that most will connect to the United States of America, which means having a great love and support to your own country.
Some will say Nationalism is the same, but is it?
Let us find out!
When it comes to countries, we like to use “the Citizens of” and “the Nationals of” to state the same, the people who are living at a country.
As many native English speakers do not even know the difference, let me explain the difference.
Being a national of a country is when you are born at a certain country, this is unchangable as long as you live, so if you are born at Russia, you will always be a Russian, if you are born at the Ireland you will always be Irish, and you can do that with every possible country worldwide.
Being a citizen of a country is by getting citizenship of a country, this you could do in many ways, and unlike a nationality, you can change citizenship, get another citizenship and even lose citizenship.
In my case, I am a national of Ukraine, citizen of Poland and Russia, and currently reside at Russia.
Yes, those who were reading well noticed that both the usage of citizens and nationals is, in almost every case, both incorrect.
Being a national of a country does not mean you reside at that country, neither that you have citizenship of this country.
Being a citizen of a country only means you have citizenship of a country, yet does not mean you reside at this country, neither that it is your nationality.
“You just do not understand English!”
Actually, I do, as both the Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries back me up at this.
The correct words people are looking for are “inhabitant” or “Resident”.
When it comes to the English language, it has only become easier and easier over time, and by now you see non-native English speakers of ages going as young as 4 years old…
The English language should be called the international language, as chances of finding any child or young person who does not speak nor write English is highly uncommon.
Still, by English becoming so easy, many words have overlapped each other…
Think for example of a word I still use, “Foundling”, which (in this case) means “An abandoned child” or “Castaway”, yet people instead tend to use “Orphan” or “Refugee” instead of it.
The word still obviously exists, yet is no longer used, and sometimes even not known, even by native English speakers…
Which brings us back to those 2 words, Nationalism and Patriotism.
The answer to the big question is: “No, they are not the same.”
But actually, even more important, a lot of patriotism is actually no patriotism, unlike with nationalism…
Patriotism is “a great love and support to your own country.”
More importantly is that this is about your “Homeland”, the place of your nationality, the country of which you are a national, the country you were born at.
The simple thing is, unless you were born at a certain country, a great love and support to a country is not patriotism, it is nationalism.
That is the actual difference between nationalism and patriotism, patriotism is great love and support to your homeland, nationalism is great love and support to a country.
Which actually equals in another answer, patriotism is as bad as nationalism, as patriotism is just more specific, but not different apart of that…