Countries make me sad

Last updated February 20, 1995.

I have an Australian passport, but don't really identify with Australia. I also have a British passport, and yet I don't feel British. People often anthropomorphize countries. In reality countries are just little bits of land given names. I have been guilty of this too in the past. I used to ascribe to the U.S. characteristics such as a single-minded obsession with money. I learnt a lot by coming here. These can't be characteristics ascribed to countries, only to specific individual people. People are what I care about. Countries upset me. The widely popular belief that a person's rights are determined by their nationality is as repulsive to me as the idea that a person's rights are determined by the color of their skin or their gender.

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