In the United States, we pride ourselves on being patriotic. We love our country.
Patriotism, however, is different from a political ideology known as nationalism. Nationalists believe that a country should not be a “melting pot,” rather it should have one look and feel and exclude others. This includes believing their country is better than others, and sometimes puts them in opposition with other nations.
Hitler, for example, was a German nationalist. Dictators often choose to emphasize nationalistic loyalty to control their populations. That’s the case in North Korea, where current dictator Kim Jong Un infuses nationalism into every aspect of people’s lives. If you thought going out to a concert would be a fun, non-political activity, you’d be wrong.
The very talented singer in this recent concert is backed up by a full orchestral accompaniment. Oh, and no big deal, but it happens in front of a video of missiles blowing up what appears to be San Francisco. Yikes.
This is so scary, and it’s a reminder to all of us to stay vigilant about the messages we receive every day, whether they’re explicit or not. Share this to raise awareness about what’s happening in North Korea.
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