He's kept that personal meme going and texts me out of the blue if there's stuff relating to his town on TV or the radio, I mean to me that's pretty random, although all in all it made me reflect upon the fact that I dont feel that way about any place, not country, not countrymen, not town, not city, I dont like hearing prejudice or racism which is anti-Irish or north vs. south but in the main that's because I dont like hearing prejudice or racism of any sort.
I was a sort of stereotypical patriot, bigotted or sectarian even, once, although when I think about it that was a response to others adopting bigotted identities of their own when we were growing up, it was alienating and when they more or less told me "this is what you are and we hate it" I began to think, well, maybe that is what I am and what is good about it? Although it didnt last because I out grew it I guess.
I think of myself less as affiliated to anything or anyplace now and more as myself. If I hear people hating on what they believe I am or some place or some one I'm just inclined to think they are revealing a lot about themselves rather than whatever it is they are ragging on, ie they have a need to rag, possibly a greater need of whatever is the object of their rag than whoever or whatever that object may be has of them.
When I see groups, whoever they are, banding together to let fly with the "we're no. 1" thing my first suspiscion is they dont believe it, they have one hell of a need to believe it but they know themselves, it aint true, its never been true, if it was true it'd go without saying. It just makes me think, that is so, so, so weak.