Is it just human nature to believe our way of doing things is the best, or is that something that is bread into us? While browsing through many threads on this forum, I notice that a majority of those posting are American (note, the following is not a bash on Americans in any way, just explaing something that got me thinking), and as such, much of what is posted is from an American perspective. Sometimes (i know, not always) to the point of forgetting that there are other posters from other countries here, and that their viewpoints/ideas, while perhaps contradicting the way it works in the states, are just as correct/valid in their own culture. So is that just American pride? I think not - I'm sure if the majority of posters on these forums were from, say, Sweden (there, a nice neutral country ) then the "normal" or expected viewpoint would be Swedish. Personaly, I think this form of - well, I'm not really sure what to call it, ethnocentrism doesn't really work because it's not really an ethnic group, and I don't think culturocentrism is a word, anyway - is something that is taught/learned. An examples - a friend of mine was working as a Nanny in another country. The child that was in her care knew where she was from, and while watching some sporting event, her country lost, and the child said (proudly) "don't worry, that's just because you're not as good as us" On the other hand, sometimes childen do figure things out on their own Another example - I know a 4 year old that moved to another country when he was two. He knows where he is from and his parents are not overly partirotic to their homeland. However, whenever this (adorable) little boy plays a race or anything his home country are the "bad guys" and his new country the "good guys". My question - in a world that is growing more and more globaly minded by the second, where does extreme patriotism fit in? Should children be taught that thir country/culture/traditions are better than anyone elses? Should the assumption always be that no matter what people are saying, they are saying it with the same background/would view as everyone else? Personally, I think this "my country is better than your country" mindset is completely outdated and can cause a lot of needless miscomunication. I've seen it myself on these threads ("what do you mean, that's not how it works!" "That's how it works here!"). In the past, patriotism was used as a sort of public defense - people who are proud of their country and its ways are more likely to fight for it in the instance of war - no matter how "wrong" their stance is to those in other countries (I'm sure there were many Germans who were just as patriotic as many Americans during the wars). Governments used the heard mentality of people to push their products and ideas (i.e. "it's the american way"). So is this thinking still necisary today, or does it cause more harm than good? Also, what can be done to achieve more of a "global mindest", and how likely is it that it will work?