By Cameron Whitlock
“My country is the best country in the world.”
Throughout my life, I have been taught to believe this statement. The moment I reached cognition, that ideology was drilled into my malleable mind. It is a notion that shaped my perception of other countries, cultures and the people that come from them.
As early as grade school, I was exposed to the idea of patriotism and a duty to my country. Without an inkling of critical thinking, I was led to believe phrases such as “God, country, family” or “American Exceptionalism.” Many others like myself do not get the opportunity to truly analyze these messages and the dangers that come with them until early adulthood, and by that time, it is often too late.
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