Big Rob wrote:
The deeper problem is patriotism.
It always strikes me as astonishing that, of all of the possible times and places one could have been born in, so many people were lucky enough to all be born in THE BEST PLACE EVER! People who haven't been past the end of their road are adamant that nowhere on the planet can compare to it's wonder. Same cocks rush into 'love it or leave it/you're with us or against us' rants if you dare question their rationale.
Perhaps more likely is that they are condemned to always live wherever they were born - lacking the balls to take a chance on somewhere new. So,,, you'd better fucking convince yourself that it is really of your choosing and not a prison without walls at all. Instant reaction formation - "No, I'm not sick of this dump - I LOVE IT ME! WAHEY!" All of the other losers in your local boozer are playing the same sad game - instant tribe. Look at all of the utterly pathetic football derby scenarios around the UK, where so many men with nothing special to offer can only find sufficient self-worth through opposition, not as stand-alone individuals with an internalised locus of evaluation. Extrapolate to a national level, or cultural, but this is always most visible on a regional level. The knacker-heads of every town are always consumed with rivalry with the next shit-hole town up the motorway and imagining great wrongs being committed against the honour of their town (witness absurd tattoos in pubs - "Hull till I die", "Altrincham 4 life" "Arbroath Massive". Small-minds and small horizons were made for each other. Patriotism is a natural extension - there is here, which is, necessarily, the best and there is 'everywhere which is not here', i.e. abroad and forrin. Everything else needs to be denigrated such that it serves to elevate what they are stuck with to tolerable levels.