I had a student in Lithuania called “Sergejus Antonovas” ( a Lithuanization of the Russian name “Sergey Antonov”)


I had a student in Lithuania called “Sergejus Antonovas” ( a Lithuanization of the Russian name “Sergey Antonov”). He hated Russians. He wanted to go to Ukraine to kill as many Russians as possible. I asked him “why do you want to kill people that you don´t even know?” He told me that Russians did terrible things against Lithuanians. “Are you a Lithuanian?” I asked him. He answered: “yes I am a Lithuanian patriot”. Then myself I understood how nationalism can change your own identity and your own family roots. Nationalism is more a religious faith than a political ideology. This is why is so difficult to have a rational conversation with a “believer”. Here in Catalonia there are many people called “Sánchez” or “Rodríguez” that think they are somehow the heirs of Wilfred the Hairy (Guifré El Pilós) the legendary warlord who is considered the father of the “Catalan nation”. PS: My student was not actually called in this way but he had a very Russian name and surname. #gonzoblogger

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