This is a follow-up post to my previous one. I have a big problem with nationalism. I am an individualist. I judge the virtues of people based only on their accomplishments. I could not care less who they are. Children are not responsible for the sins of their parents, nor do children inherit the merits of their fathers. Children are responsible for what they do themselves. People are not responsible from what nation they come from. A German cannot be condemned for the evils of Nazis. Even a German alive in Nazi Germany cannot be condemned for the evils of the Nazis. Because he can be against Nazism himself. A person must be virtuously judged for what he did himself. Not his origin or nationality or whether he has a penis. This is exactly why I despise nationalism. It is a form of collectivism. We put a giant group of people into some group and we judge the virtues of these people on the group they come from.
Part of my problem with Judaism was when I was religious is the nationalistic aspect of it. I was required, by Jewish law, to love Jewish people more than non-Jewish people. What a repulsive thought against the intellect! No. I refuse to lower my intelligence by this sort of bronze-age thinking.
What surprises me is that there are a lot of secular Jewish people who still follow a form of Jewish nationalism. I can understand why religious people embrace this form of nationalism, but I cannot understand why non-religious Jews still can embrace this form of nationalism. I was speaking with a gay secular Jewish guy online. The fact that he is gay is irrelevant but I like to be descriptive. What we were doing together online, well, I leave that up for your imaginations. It could have been simulated futt bucking or an actual intelligent conversation, that is for you to figure out. So the topic of Israel came up. He told me how much he loves Israel and all the nationalistic non-sense. He also mentioned that he has a special connection to Jewish people because they are like an extended family. He asks me why I do not support Israel. I gave him my reasons and he still was unable to understand. He kept on telling me how Jewish people are like my extended family and I must, as a Jew, not necessarily religious, support them no matter what. Whatever, this really bothered me. The point is that there are secular Jews who really think this way. This is the kind of Jewish nationalism I really hate.
It is time to end all forms of nationalism. Nationalism is just like racism, just extended to whole nations instead.