Are you a proud Earthling?
I was thinking about pride and patriotism recently. On a global level people are proud to be from a specific country. When you zoom into a country you find pride in being from the north, south, east and west. Zoom in again and people are proud of their county and their city.
It reminds me of a quote that supposedly came from Thin Lizzy front man (and legend) Phil Lynott. When asked where he was from he said:
When I’m in England I’m from Ireland, when I’m in Ireland I’m from Dublin and when I’m in Dublin I’m from Crumlin.
Within any given city there are further divisions. You might find the north, south, east, west divisions appear again. Suburbs have rivalries, particularly in sports. Then there subdivisions of people. We're proud to be black or white, male or female, gay or straight. Divisions and tribalism are everywhere. Sports, music, science. It doesn't matter, we'll find a way to fight over it.
This made me wonder. What if we colonized Mars? Then we’d have people being proud of being from Earth, right? Platriotism. That's what I'd call it. But the 'a' would be a broad sounding a, like in planet.
It would be Mars vs Earth and they'd be just as platriotic as us. Maybe we'd have an Olympic games here and there that determine global champions, who would then face off against each other the Solar Olympic games.
They’d probably have their own fashion style and music, and of course there’d be a few earthlings that act like Martians. Listening to their music, dressing like they dress. I wonder what sort of slurs we would come up with when talking about them. They’d be Martians but maybe we’d call them ‘chocs’ (in reference to the popular chocolate bar). Those chocs and their culture would probably be frowned upon by us Earthlings.
Of course then there'd probably be a war. We've done world wars so we'd need a space war. Maybe a space war 2 that would result in a bunch of treaties between the two planets.
But what if there were Aliens further afield then Mars? What if we discovered a nearby solar system. Then we'd be proud of our one. Soltriotism? Systriotism? We'd all be systriots. Then we could go fight the aliens. Maybe we'd have the first interstellar Olympic games. The aliens might be shaped differently. Spider like creatures like in Starship Troopers. We'd have to figure out a modified version of the discus throw. That'd be interesting.
But those aliens are in the same galaxy. What if we found aliens in the next galaxy over? Then we'd be proud of the Milky Way. Galtriotism? Or maybe Xytriotism. That looks cooler as a name. Pronounced Zytriotism. We'd all be Xytriotic as our galaxies representatives head off to the first intergalactic games.
Anyway, the point of this post was to establish Platriotism, Systriotism and Xytriotism as words. Feel free to enjoy them as you please. Here they are in a sentence:
Maybe if we were all a bit more Platriotic we'd stop fucking things up for ourselves and one day get to be Systriotic, maybe even Xytriotic.