State worship is an essential part of every government's command and control, from the tiniest banana republics, to imperialist hegemons like America. This is why nationalism, patriotism, and national identity are continuously reinforced. Nationalism as we know it, is the result of a form of state-sponsored branding. The national identity is a consumer identity. Like Manchurian candidates, we have been made into Manchurian consumers, who subconsciously buy when we are triggered by our brand masters. Every state's emblematic propaganda is worshiped by the consumer-citizen as a super-logo; a brand Juggernaut. Patriotism is merely deeply-rooted government brand loyalty. Modern national pride is the culmination of a lifetime public relations campaign of psychological mind-control techniques. These techniques involve an immersive theme-ride like experience of created and manipulated histories, flags, symbols, icons, heroes, theme songs, and repetitive pledges. National identity acts as a consumer lever to manipulate the emotions of the masses, for the purposes of power regulation and the fulfillment of agenda. The existence of excessive nationalism is a symptom of a deeper problem in the collective consciousness, which is continually being exploited. The inherent prejudice in unnaturally-produced nationalism causes a form of cultural blindness, which prevents us from seeing the obvious ways we could co-exist in the world as a co-operative human family. There is a grand union beyond nationalism which reveres all people, and which is rooted in what is real, versus what has been created or produced. His-story has shown that nations and governments come and go, but people remain, and therefore people are the ultimate foundation of what is real and worthy of our collective recognition, respect, and protection. Instead of narrowing our allegiances to only include our favored nation, let us sing an anthem to the marvelous human being. Let us fly the flag of sisterhood, brotherhood and oneness. Let us raise our hands to our hearts in the revelry and glory of friendship, respect, and common decency.
— Bryant McGill
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