Question: How do you differentiate between nationalism, separatism, and supremacy?
Answer: We are all born with an inherently proud, individualistic, self-centered, self-justifying and distrusting nature.
We all have a strong sense of individual and national (tribal) identity.
This tribal identity is interesting as it can group us together alongside such “artificial” constructs as sports teams followed, mobile phones, certain cars preferred, etc. But that is more learned, acquired, environment dependant than the instinctive, “gut” belonging to a family, tribe or nation.
This individual, national identity is not wrong, evil in itself. It is part of this strong sense of who we are, what we identify ourselves with.
Separatism is also an instinctive reaction, protecting our “personal” or “national” sphere, interest against that of others. It becomes harmful in a globally integrated, interdependent system where problem solving, survival depends on mutual integration, cooperation.
Supremacy is also the result of our inherent nature, that tries to elevate the self, or one’s tribe, group, nation above others. This is harmful, destructive in any circumstances, leading to oppression, fascism, discrimination, wars, genocide.
If we want to build a sustainable, peaceful, global Human society, have to learn how to use, channel our inherently egocentric, proud, individualistic nature. This needs to unfold in a way, that we keep and respect our individual, national identities, but instead of separatism, supremacy we unite, build and keep equal, mutually responsible and mutually complementing connections, cooperation.