National Narcissism: A Satirical Poem

Updated on July 4, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

To love our country is plausible and fine

but some folks don't know where to stop

as if being intoxicated with patriotic wine

they insist on seeing their nation at a top.

You may be champion at boxing or skiing

and no one can deny it as factual and true

but for that you're not a better human being

as someone could run much faster than you.

Every nation boasting with their glorious past

forget that glory is dipped in someone's blood

with every shiny victory of their cannons blast

some ordinary human being ended up in mud.

Nation's future is measured by friends they make

while narcissist is shunned and ending up alone

and so much more than that is always at stake

national narcissism is policy rotten to its bone.

What deep weakness is it really concealing

not being happy with prosperity and wealth

why do nations need that peacock's feeling

what's there missing in that mentality health.


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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      R Talloni---It takes a great person to say that, and I respect it.

    • RTalloni profile image


      2 months ago from the short journey

      I apologize for the misunderstanding.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      R Talloni---My poem was clearly NOT about "loyalty" and "usual patriotism"--something that your comment is all about. You actually just expressed some thoughts completely irrelevant to the theme of the poem, which was tendency of some countries to go nationally narcissistic.

      Nothing in your comment says anything about it, it's all about "need of people to be loyal, which is good for families, friendships", etc.

      That made it hard for me to "decode" your comment in any other way but as a disagreement with my views. Please, in the future, stick to the central theme when you make a comment, so there is no misunderstandings.

      People often make that mistake to pick an irrelevant detail from a hub and give an elaborate comment on it, while leaving the main theme out of it.

    • RTalloni profile image


      2 months ago from the short journey

      I couldn't agree with you more re global domination and had no intentions of disregarding what you intended. The problem with intentions is that others cannot read our minds!

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      R Talloni---Well, it's always possible to water down national narcissism to make it look like a genuine patriotic love. With my very first words I gave credit to patriotism---when it's only that.

      I was addressing superpowers which share a sick ambition of a global domination. People of Denmark, Sweden, or Austria also love their country, right?

      I was hoping the distinction would be more obvious as I wrote the poem. But it's only human to give everything our own interpretation, while disregarding others' intended one.

    • RTalloni profile image


      2 months ago from the short journey

      Equating patriotism with arrogance is indeed a sad mistake, but if we consider it in the context of loyalty then we can be appropriately patriotic. Appropriate patriotism helps us to work together for the good of our nation (as well as for others) and it helps us avoid viciousness in attitude that only degrades the ability to work together.

      Loyalty is good for families, friends, communities and nations, but so is the wisdom to know that while we may be loyal, others may simply be pretending to be loyal for self-serving purposes. The wisdom of the warnings in our founder's writings would be a tremendous help to everyone today.


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