This is my essay for FSU. It was a "write about whatever you want" kind of prompts. Being a politically inclined person (Poli Sci is my intended major along with econ), I wrote a short critique on American expectionalism:
While understanding the vitality of national patriotism and acknowledging it as a pillar of American progress, particularly in its celebration of American ingenuity and as an embracing of the adversities we have overcome as a People, it is imperative to reject the notion that blind nationalism can be successfully used as a tool to propel society to entirely new horizons; rather, its important to note that the void and emptiness catalyzed by the blind nationalism is a leading contributor to the radicalism prevalent in American politics today.
When taking a retrospective and analytical look into the reasoning behind the mutiny and hatred geared towards the United States, it is substantially important to analyze the international relations of our adversaries. Because of this notion of American Exceptionalism, weve come to believe that the flaming hatred towards our nation is derived from the freedom weve preserved as a People; from our coming principles of equality; from their jealously of our wealth and prosperity; from their inability to be like us; from our progressivism. However, that fails to look at the entire situation through a holistic lens; we see it through one that, day by day, is affected by the opacity of our incessant nationalism. Ive come to believe that thats the difficult part about finding a solution to the problem - we are perpetually oblivious to the factor that inspires our own hatred.
It is imperative to understand that we are not exceptional as a People because of a paucity of things weve done right, but that we are humbled by the innumerable amount of things weve done wrong. Our citizenship does not define our character and any attempt to parallel a citizenship to the exceptional worth of an individual should be held to the same judgment as any person that attempts to deem superiority because of a race or because of gender. Throughout World History, entire civilizations have existed for much longer than we have as People; entire civilizations have come to great discoveries and have contributed greatly to the public and globalized discourse of progress; entire civilizations have passed through equivalent adversities has we have, striving to fight for sovereignty, striving for religious freedom, women revolting from oppression to establish a matriarchal society, and a liberal interpretation of homosexuality; nations have abolished slavery well before us, granted the right for women to vote well before us, granted homosexual couples their fundamental rights well before we ever will. While we are a great People, we are in no way exceptional. We must remain cautious in our convictions and the execution of our decisions based on blind nationalism. We are a humbled People.