I was raised to believe that being a patriot is a virtue. Growing up, I learned that it is a very thin line between patriotism and nationalism, when I saw “my country” eradicated from the map in a civil war. (If you are still wondering, I am ex-Yugoslavian.)

I’ve heard all the arguments. I agree that our roots, language, religion and traditions are important, but I refuse to put those values above the basic principles of humanity. The moment you do that, you lose the freedom to explore the world and the opportunity to experience it in its full beauty.

As long as we keep identifying with the colours of our flags, we will have something to fight for. Our planet is the one thing we all have in common. I’d say it’s worth uniting for.

Alien, alienated. That's me.

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