Many of us are not aware of the terms we use in our life. Nationalism and patriotism are two words which are often used inter-changeably. Sometimes we see patriotism disguised as nationalism or nationalism disguised as patriotism and we are not able to identify. This is incorrect since there is a world of difference between the two words, in spite of a few shared ideals.
For the community members, we at The Logical Indian try to simplify.
Please check the difference chart below and check if you are a nationalist or a patriot.
Differences Between Nationalism & Patriotism
|Nationalism ||Patriotism |
|1. Nationalism is a feeling that one’s country is superior to another in all respects with a sentiment of superiority and aggression toward other countries. || |
1. Patriotism pertains to the love for a nation, with more emphasis on values and beliefs. The sentiments are more inclined towards the idea of coexistence, with equal respect & regard for other countries. In patriotism, people all over the world are considered equal.
|2. Nationalism involves “national identity”. ||2. Patriotism involves personal opinions and social conditioning. |
|3. A nationalist cannot tolerate any criticism and considers it an insult. ||3. A patriotic person tends to tolerate criticism and tries to learn something new from it. |
|4. Nationalism makes one try to find justification for mistakes made in the past. ||4. Patriotism enables people to understand both the shortcomings and improvements made. |
|5. Most nationalists do not believe in friendly relations with other countries. ||5. Patriots tend to believe in friendly relations with other countries. |
|6. Nationalism can be a little aggressive. ||6. Patriotism is passive by nature. |
|7. Example: The activists who call for the US to become a “Christian nation” because they want their nation to be identified by one religion are nationalists… ||7. …while those who agree with the US First Amendment which separates church and State are happy with a secular nation are patriots. |
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