What's up with National Pride? Does Nationality Makes you a Better Player than Anyone?

"I'm proud to be an American, German or European..." National pride, what the heck is this?

After being active in international dota forums, I observed a very unreasonable mindset, National Pride. People who are carrying the flag of a popular country in Dota would often discriminate countries who aren't.

"I can never understand National Pride." -George Carlin

In my case, I am a Filipino but I'm never proud of myself whenever Manny Pacquiao wins a fight. I'm not proud even he is now a legend in boxing. Why? Because I believe that PRIDE should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth. I pity people who are living in an illusion, an illusion of pride. It is being proud out of nothing in reality. Not because you are Danish, you are as good as Maelk. Not because you are German, you can replace KuroKy. You should start achieving things on your own and prove to people that you should really be a proud person.

A country is full of different types of people. There are good, bad, hardworking, lazy, smart, dumb. Well, you may be a country of tall people, does this thing alone make you proud? What if you are to compete in a chess game? Will your height help you? This National Pride is a mere brainwashing nonsense imposed to people. If you want to be popular, work for it. Do not simply ride on the popularity of others because you will be seen as a lazy parasite.

I don't believe in generalizing people. There are a lot of people in our own country who are not like us, in fact, we hate what they are doing. If you are going to generalize people according to their Nationality, all the Germans should be creating their own Gas Chambers to kill people who seems useless to them.

Dream big. Don't let any other people, who are blinded by national pride, bring you down. Success lies in a person's own outlook and response to things. If you fall and a person will try to step on you, dodge. Stand up and learn from what made you fall.

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