[quote author=“msdiver”]I think there is a difference between honoring cultural activities and nationalism. In fact, I would say that nationalism is about NOT honoring cultural activities. This is what I see in my students who try to do so. Some teachers discipline students for speaking their native languages amongst themselves. They say, “This is America. Speak English.” This idea and action comes from a sense of nationalistic pride, not acceptance. Therein lies the problem.
All you’re doing here is recognizing that nation-states are artificial constructs. They have no lasting value or legitimacy.
Nevertheless, within the context of a nation-state, you can let “honoring cultural diversity” take up an inordinate amount of time, even though the reasons for doing so are entirely artificial. Honoring cultural diversity is certainly easier than understanding electricity and magnetism.