In Nadine Gordimer’s short story “Once Upon a Time” she references points of racial prejudice in South Africa. “She sent the trusted housemaid out with bread and tea, but the housemaid said these were loafers and tsotsis… You only encourage them with your bread and tea”. Gordimer wrote the unemployed people on the streets as people of color to show that even in areas of the world where there is a larger population of colored people, there are still issues of white supremacy. They don’t trust their own neighbors and begin to ostracize themselves from society Also, in the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln says “ Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation… Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” He is saying that even though our country is only eighty-seven years old, we were fighting already, so maybe it was never meant to be. Furthermore, in Anna Quindlen mentions issues in the beginning of the United States in her essay “ A Quilt of a Country”. She mentions that this country is held together by “... the notion that all men are created equal, though everyone knows that most men consider themselves better than someone.” This compares to the ‘agree to disagree’ concept, where on the surface, humans appear to be fully capable of getting along without bickering or fighting over the simplest things, but in reality, most humans consider their opinions or themselves more important than others. Thus, it is clear that humans cannot live in harmony as ‘one human race’ because we don’t trust each other and we don’t consider ourselves
The concept of nationhood is a complex one. What makes a country a nation? What is a nation? In this essay, we will attempt to gain an understanding of what a nation is, and why Canada is in fact a nation, not merely because we meet certain criteria, but because we, as Canadians, believe it is so.
Also, it is natural to search out or relate to that which is "like" or common to us. These ideas form or create the self definition of who an individual is. Cultural togetherness is not a bad thing. However, these ideas have negative retributions when acted upon in extreme degrees. The individuality of a group is wonderful, but not when it causes a cut off from other groups. What segregation brings or prevents is the opportunity for experience of diversity or a wide range of livelihood in general. There is more to the world then just you or just me. This type of separation causes barriers or invisible lines and walls that are rarely crossed by people in our society today. These barriers produce the loss of uniqueness among both a group of people as well as individuals. When everyone is the same or alike, people lose the capability to be special or unmatched ( Myers, 34). Differences and diversity should be celebrated as a chance or opportunity to be able to stand out as well as the chance to educate each other about the creation of man and woman.
Michael Goldfarb’s article What Is a Nation in the 21st Century? has gained mainstream coverage over the last month. The article starts off by acknowledging the current crisis of nations breaking off and forming independent states in various parts of the world. He states that by answering the impending question “what is a nation?” do we fully understand the reason behind these occurrences (Goldfarb). According to him, quest for new nations began soon after the end of communism
1A.1.) A nation is a unified group of people with a common culture. An example of a nation without a state is the Kurds.This is because the Kurds do not have a state of their own since the Kurdish land includes parts of Iraq, Syria and Armenia and the Kurdish people are often the majority in cities in this region.
- Nation-state: a political unit consisting of a self-governing state populated primarily by a people sharing a common culture and/or religion, history, and language.
All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers. Individuals who become independence or leave their group could not develop activity as they are in a group, which is because group give your support and maximize one's advantages, let alone groups being accompany with you when you feeling depressed or go through failure. The power of a group is spectacular, whereas individuals only could be a “great” person without a group expressing his idea. A simple example will display the essence of this idea which is called “group effect” in psychology that individuals will stimulate them and make them be well-being. Similarity, as a country, it needed to be a whole to present its best side. Quebec the
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a nation as “A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory”. With this in mind, we can easily define Canada as not only a country, but a country with a nation, fitting all of the above criteria. While Canada can be thought of as one huge nation, we can also point out that within Canada, there are smaller nations. For the express purpose of this essay, the smaller nation to be pointed out is the one of the Hockey Nation. Fitting the criteria from the definition, the Hockey Nation was formed from a common descent (the people of Canada), has its own history (of how it came to be), it’s own culture and language (hockey terms have developed
Even today, divisions in groups have been as a result of continued differences among the uniting groups. Humans have a tendency to incline towards the protection of their interest’s aid favors of their perceived groups. Such favourism makes them advocate fully for their interests posing a challenging opposing side to the interests of their unperceived groups. Many nations today are faced with such opposing groups having differing interests and ideals. People advocating for similar ideals tend to create strong ties of
A nation is a group of people who share common history, culture, language and ethnic origin often possessing or seeking its own government. National identity refers to the distinguish features of group and to the individual’ sense of belonging to it. In some case even a little difference in pronunciation is enough to categorize a person as a member of different nation but in some cases two people may be separated by language, culture, geographical location etc categorized in
A nation is said to exist when it could traced its origins through the state, in which it associate itself with, histories. Additionally, the cultural elites must be established and well-versed in writing and speaking the national language. There must also be a valid reason for its claim on a certain territory. It is only when these three requirements are fulfilled will the international community consider their claim for a nation (Hobsbawm, 1990: 37). Disagreements, however, tend to arise in the political community over the definition of a nation. This essay will try to list out the different approaches employed in defining a nation starting from a nation being a natural cultural entity to it being politically and
Human beings naturally are social creatures. In order to survive, humans have since been working together. People rely to each other in order to remain alive, whether it be with finding food, building houses, or with finding jobs. There is one famous quote by John Donne that says “No man is an island”. Humans have this need to belong in a group. This need for co-existing is what lead people into forming nations. Nations are groups of people who have a very strong bond of identity; may it be with having the same ethnicity or with having the same interests. One known description of a nation is Benedict Anderson’s (1983) conception of nations as imagined communities. They are imagined “because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion” (Anderson, 1983, p. 15). By belonging in a certain nation or growing up in a certain environment, one develops their own national identity. There are a lot of factors as to how you can identify to a certain nation. Certain factors would be your language, ethnicity, culture, relationship to your land, your religion, spirituality, views with politics, or your land’s geography. As social beings, having a group you identify with has a very great effect on you. However, there also are