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rosebuster

Rant about national selfishness.

I want to talk about something that's been bothering me. This wasn't the first time, but the Boston bombings was just yet another occasion for me to witness something in the news that I absolutely hate and I find offence in it.

I open a news website and one of the headlines poses a question about possible Polish people who got hurt. I open the article and it says according to their info, nobody from Poland got affected. The same happens with pretty much any other shocking news from the world. There's always this question. The shooting at the Batman movie and they wonder if any of the victims was Polish. A coach crash somewhere abroad - and they have to inform everybody that one of the passengers was Polish.

Why is this information crucial to be posted in the news every time? Even when nobody from Poland is involved, they always pose the question anyway. Every time I think about it and give it some deeper thought... it simply makes me think we are jerks.

See... It's normal that when things like this happens, first and foremost we worry about the people closest to us, hoping they are safe. Our family, our friends... We want the questions answered whether or not somebody we knew was involved and that's more important to us than other people who got hurt there. In that matter we are selfish, but in a good way - it's only natural to care about those we know the most. Usually we also feel empathy for all other victims, but that comes as a second thing. And this is all fine.

But I find no justification for prioritising your own nation in a similar fashion, worrying mostly about well-being of those of the same nationality as us even though we don't know them even the slightest. To me as a reader of the Polish news the number of actual Polish people involved isn't in any way more important than the number of Italians or citizens of Burkina Faso. How about they give me complete figures split by nationality, not just wonder how many are Polish? And after nationality, go with statistics about their religions, sexual preference and the size of their shoes, FFS! Why would the information about the Polish people be more important when we're all really the same type of people who just happened to be born in a different place on earth? And if somebody I knew got involved, they won't give me the name in the news anyway, so the information is just to satisfy some weird national selfishness of the people who apparently consider non-Polish people to be less important. I can understand our embassies check for possible Poles involved in order to pass the message to the families if necessary. But why does this information make it into the news?! Personally I find it insulting and it should have no place in the civilised society. Our thoughts should be with all those people equally.
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Added: 5 years, 6 months ago
 
RollerCoasterViper59
5 years, 6 months ago
What I got from that is instead of Poland being selfish about their own kind they should respect all others and their nations with equal dedication and respect is that right?
rosebuster
5 years, 6 months ago
That's what I think, yes.
RollerCoasterViper59
5 years, 6 months ago
Personally I think all nations should get along with one another... sadly the world isn't all clovers and rainbows :( but I try my best to be a good citizen to hopefully bring change to this/these society
Starkythefox
5 years, 6 months ago
News: "An accident in blablaplace happened. It appear that blablaindicenthere killed 10 people and made 340 people injured.... 5 of them were Spanish"
rosebuster
5 years, 6 months ago
Don't you think that's just wrong when you think about it?
Norivotset
5 years, 4 months ago
Poprawność polityczna w natarciu... To chyba normalne (a przynajmniej mi się tak wydaje), że człowiek bardziej troszczy się kogoś z kim ma coś wspólnego. Mnie jako patriotę, bardziej obchodzi to czy moi rodacy ucierpieli, , co wcale nie oznacza że mam gdzieś inne narodowości. Poza tym, było tam wiele Polaków, więc media chciały poinformować rodziny czy należy obawiać się najgorszego. Zaprawdę dziwne to czasy, skoro każdy przejaw patriotyzmu czy zainteresowania losami rodaków są nazywane faszyzmem czy rasizmem. Muszę przyznać, że trochę przeraził mnie fragment   "...so the information is just to satisfy some weird national selfishness of the people who apparently consider non-Polish people to be less important" No kurwa. Teraz już możesz nazwać mnie nacjonalistą-faszystą-antysemitą-hitlerowcem bo martwię się o losy innych Polaków.
W ogóle to sory, że się wpierdalam, ale trafiłem tu przez przypadek i musiałem dodać swoje 5 groszy :D
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rosebuster
5 years, 4 months ago
No to rzeczywiście nie wiem, jak tu wpadłeś. No wybacz, nie rozumiem patriotyzmu i czuję tej więzi w żaden sposób. W ogóle nie rozumiem na czym się ona opiera. Ja się akurat martwię o losy wszystkich ludzi. Znam osoby z różnych miejsc na świecie i nie czuję większej więzi z Polakami tylko dlatego że pochodzą geograficznie z tego samego obszaru lub mówią w tym samym języku. Dla mnie zawsze wszyscy byli jednakowi. A wiadomości nie podają informacji o wszystkich osobach ginących na polskich drogach cały czas, tylko sprawdzają, czy Polacy ucierpieli za granicą. Dla mnie to nie ma sensu i tyle.
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