So, today is Unity Day here in Germany.
When I got here yesterday, I asked the hotel clerk if there were any big celebrations planned. He said there were mixed emotions about celebrating the day. I asked why and he, somewhat cautiously said, patriotism is a sensitive issue after the war. So I left it at that.
But I keep thinking about this. Is this his own opinion or is it commonly shared among many Germans?
I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable with “patriotism” myself. Do expressions like “Deutschland Ueber Alles” or “America First” or even “There is no salvation outside the church” or “The chosen people” build walls rather than unite us?
Aren’t we a world of people not nations or religions?