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You probably often hear: “I’m British”, “I’m American”, “I’m French”, “I’m …”, and how proud a person is to be one. But let us see closer what it means to belong to a certain country or nation. When I ask a person “why are you proud of your country” s/he often replies: “We did this”, “We do that”, “We .. we … we …”. Basically, a person is taking credit for whatever other people have achieved. Those with high moral principles may even feel responsible for mischief of their country as well. In fact they refer to people whom they have never met and don’t know personally, in other words imagine, and take credit or feel responsible for their act simply because they are of the same nationality.

Let’s see an example on a smaller scale. You live in an apartment building and you do know your neighbor who lives next door to you and sometimes you even invite him to share a bottle of wine with your family. So you two are friends. You work in the IT department of a big grocery store chain, he – in a small lab which is doing research on stem cells.  Imagine that one day he gets a Nobel Prize for his extraordinary achievements in his research. Would you take credit for his success and boast to other friends saying that you two got that reward? What if we talked about success of a people you don’t know but who live in the same country?

Another example. By saying I’m American, you state that you share an identity with all the people who are Americans and give the impression that you are proud of it. Do you really want to relate to all of these people? Certainly there are people you don’t really want to be associated to, e.g. may be you don’t want to have anything to do with the wealthy, or drug dealers, or someone else, but by saying “Americans” you do want to relate … Probably when you think of your nation, you only think of certain group of people and certain traits —- those you are fond of, naturally, or you won’t be so proud of being a national of your country. But what about other groups of people you disapprove and other traits you dislike? Probably you don’t want to be associated with them. The problem is when you make the nationality statement, you are immediately and automatically associated with all your people. Are you sure you want this?

Are you really British, American, or French? Or you are just an individual who wouldn’t discriminate another person just because he or she was born in another place, on another continent, and has another skin color? Do you really want to fight a person just because he has a different nationality or just because one of his country man was stupid enough to do something “bad”? Because when you generalize a nation you don’t only agree to take credits for success but also take responsibility for the failures of others. What do you think?

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Hi! This is my first post and even though I have thousands of thoughts, they are somehow scattered throughout my mind. That is why I decided to open a blog trying to organize my ideas in a more clear and manageable way, also I wanted to share them with you and see what opinions you have.

Actually it was a very good friend of mine who suggested me opening a blog and I would like to give her a credit for that. We still have numerous discussions on various topics and it serves me two main purposes: I can clearly (can I?) 🙂 define what I think and, the most important, by receiving a feedback I realize which parts lack support or contradict each other…

You may be already wondering by now: “Why the heck a boomerang???” … and it would be quite reasonable question. Well, the answer is simple: thanks to my friend’s persistence I finally decided to give it a try and registered at WordPress. Then I was stuck with what I should write here, where to start and who will read it. Haunted by all those questions I decided to write on the first thing to come to my mind … as you can guess now it was my blog username. “OK, it’s fine with boomerang! But what does it have to do with philosophy?!!” you ask. To this I will reply with a question: “And why do you think it has nothing to do with it ..?” But all in a good time…

If you are still with me it means you might be interested in life, too. Not just living the life but the Life itself, a phenomenon. Nowadays many think (I would personally use a verb sense for that type of brain activity) that philosophy is boring just because it takes time to come up with answers and some answers won’t be discovered, at least not during our life. Others think that following their instincts they have already found their Purpose and their lifestyle is based on a simple criterion: whether it’s fun or boring to do something. But what could be more exciting than the world we live in, our planet, universe, our place in it, and … Life?!!

Sure, quite often, we, myself included are busy trying to survive in this world; we are pretty much preoccupied with earning money to get food for a day, to pay for our shelter whether it’s just a bed in a hostel or a villa with a sea view. Indeed, it takes so much effort that frequently we forget that there might exist some higher purpose than money itself. Money becomes our philosophy… So, if a piece of paper with imprints on it has something to do with philosophy, why a boomerang, which is made of wood – the same material as money, but much thicker than even a $100,000 banknote (which was used only once in a history of the US for internal government purposes), can’t teach us some philosophy as well? Oh, I am quite sure it can and I’ll try to show you how…

To be continued in Part II soon …

P.S. As I already mentioned it’s my first post. Please, leave your comments on what you think about it. Thank you!

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