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Monday, July 11, 2016

Microstory 361: Regional Pride

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In order to write my Mateo Matic stories, since they take place primarily in the future, I’ve been doing a lot of research on future events. First of all, you should know that forms of immortality I’ve mentioned before are coming. That’s not just science fiction. With such advancements in nanorobotics, consciousness transference, and virtual reality, the physical will become less important. Borders will fade away, and many will choose to live rather nomadic lives. We won’t live in homes, because everything we need will be on our person at all times. It’ll no longer matter where anyone is from. Travel and exploration will just be something we do constantly. When you live forever, a fifteen year trip to another solar system suddenly no longer feels like a waste of time. But until then, I recognize your drive to be proud of your home. Just don’t take this too far. It’s okay when you cheer for your favorite sports team, and “hate” the opponent, but it becomes a problem when you love your country, and hate another. There’s a fat line between pride and bigotry, yet I see people crossing it all the time. One of the biggest problem I notice comes out of people who live in the U.S. south. Now I know southerners will cry hypocrisy, but it’s really not the same thing. When you wave your confederate flag (which, by the way, isn’t even the same one used during the war) you’re expressing a level of anti-patriotism that I can’t even fathom. Scrap everything about race and slavery, and you’re still on the wrong side of the argument. The war was also about a certain group of states attempting to secede from the union. They hated this country so much that they wanted to leave. When you paint the flag on the back window of your truck, or hang it on your clothes line, you identify yourself as someone who doesn’t consider themselves to be a United States citizen. It’s ironic, because you’re the one claiming to be patriotic, and screaming about immigration. Have pride in your region, but don’t let it stand in the way of love.

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