I got the following quote from an article in today's NY Times an article about PEW's international research on globalization of the world's economies (and cultures). I would like to generate a discussion with Untours Cafe folks about the following quote from this article:
"The survey found Americans more likely than most West Europeans to believe that their culture was superior; 55 percent of Americans said so. The only European country with a higher degree of self-belief was Italy, where 7 in 10 respondents proclaimed cultural superiority.
The Swedes, meantime, were the most self-critical. Only 2 in 10 said their culture was superior. Among the British and French, 3 in 10 said so."
My comment is in the form of this question: "Does Untours's belief that the cultures of all countries are to be respected imply that all countries are equally good?
Here's the link to the full article
; but let's focus on the question of searching for a good kind of patriotism--or eliminating it altogether???