Pride in things you had nothing to do with

United States
January 30, 2007 12:34am CST
Why do people feel proud when someone from their country wins an Olympic medal? Or when the football team from the town they happen to live in wins? Or when someone from their hometown becomes famous? It's got nothing to do with them!
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Let me see if I can make some sense of it for you. I am proud when any team form the University of Alabama is successful. It is because I support the University and its sports team with both my money, attendance and support. Since I am not/was not athletically gifted enough to play myself, I live that dream through those teams. May be a little strange, but when they win, I win. It is a simple as that.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Believe me, I understand the rationale. I used to do the same thing, to some degree. Then I realized it was all artificial and meaningless. Teams build up that kind of loyalty because they need it. Not because it makes sense or means anything.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
That's an interesting question. One that's been tackled by geographers for years. I think the feeling of pride comes from cultural identity. People, by nature, like to be able to associate and identify with place. The longer someone lives somewhere the more attached to it they feel. It's the same with people a lot of times. You would say I'm so and so's friend if you like the person and they were to become famous. People love to reference themselves to their country and hometown, especially when their country or hometown does something amazing. It always feels good to be on the winning team.
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• United Kingdom
31 Jan 07
I often wonder about this myself. People are really happy for good things and then they go and drown "their" sorrows if "their" team loses. Well, I suppose it is patriotic in a way, it's like saying, "look, we are *insert name here* and they are doing this for the pride of the whole country. I don't really understand though. I suppose if you actually go to watch a game an d cheer on the team then you do help in boosting morale, but if you're watching on a screen, or if you just find out after the event, then you're right, it has nothing to do with you, so why would you even care?
• United States
3 Feb 07
Yay! Somebody who understands. Thanks for your reply.
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• Philippines
30 Jan 07
Because other people doesnt have it? Cheers.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I can't seem to figure out what this means...