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  •  That's an interesting distinction. (0+ / 0-)

    I would dispute, however, that people can only be proud of what they have accomplished themselves.  You can be proud of your parents' or siblings' accomplishments, can't you?

    And then of course there is that species of pride that comes of refusing to let others tell you that you should be ashamed of what you are.  I don't think national pride fits in that category, though.

    •  To some extent? (0+ / 0-)

      If you contributed to your parents' or siblings' accomplishments, of course you can be proud of that, too.

      But what of your parents' deeds before you were even born? How can you be proud of that? They should be proud of that, and you admire them for it.

      Of course it's mostly semantics, and it's natural to want to feel proud of your parents or any group you might belong to. On a logical, abstract level though, I believe it's good to think about the distinction.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:52:50 AM PDT

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