I’ve been working on games in Photoshop all day, so I get a light break.
Post from Facebook attempting to explain the nature of the activism up here. Essentially the over wordy case for putting cake before insults. That’s why I included a link to Courage, as flicking through Courage is less dull than reading what follows.
- In reply to a No chap suggesting civic nationalism is preferable to ethnic nationalism.
I’ll first repeat a link that skips the over analysis and delivers exactly the same comment.
Save Link As is faster than clicking straight on the link:
Standing Stones of Callanish (Callanish I) (9605427) CC BY-SA 2.5
We live in nation states and acquire cultural attachments related to that, so we’re going to get nationalism. The choice is between a worthless, slogan-driven veneer, which offers no meaningful identity. Or outward facing, cultural awareness rooted in the tangible – landscape, community, connections.
Unfortunately, ethnic nationalism really kicks off – in the manner of something with an accelerant chucked on it – when times are hard/ contentious/ locked down. It’s difficult for civic nationalism to intercept if no one has seen a need for it in better times and frustration builds up in people without much awareness of alternatives to getting angry.
Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria CC BY-SA 2.0 by Nick Woolley 2005
As soon as constructive alternatives that make a difference on the ground become accessible the connect to meaningful expressions of identity can kick in. Unlike ethnic nationalism or corporate multi-nationalism the underlying civics are rooted in an identity that’s about people and places. Within that by deciding to ‘celebrate’ your own civic identity you are celebrating your diversity.
At which point civic internationalism opens up, as expecting others to recognise the value of your culture and identity necessitates valuing the positive elements of other cultures and identities.
The Hurlers in Cornwall CC BY-SA 2.0