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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
song for theme #37A: Proud Nationalism
to be Anatolian…Armenian…Athenian” by Stephen P.
to be sung
to the tune of Proud to be An
American by Lee Greenwood
It means so much to me:
The heritage where I belong
But it’s complicated
My forebears didn’t much get along
I’d say celebrating it requires three songs
And even those could not begin
To right all the wro—oongs
First I’m proud to be Anatolian1,
Living in modern Turkey
Homeland of Indo-European
It began at Catalhoyuk3
And was fought for at Galipoli4
And by our father Ataturk5
And I’m proud to be an Armenian6
And hear you call me Hye7
In Yerevan8 with Mount Ararat9
Or here seeking to glorify
Our past as the first nation
To adopt Christianity10
And after genocide11 and occupation12
Today being free
And I’m proud to be an Athenian13
My mother used to say
Logos’14 triumph over chaos
Gave us the Greek way
Men like Socrates and Plato
And building a world on reason
The key to being free
Anatolia, the westernmost protrusion of Asia sometimes called Asia
oldest written versions of this language family, spoken by three billion
people today, are from here.
of the first proto-cities, this Neolithic site is 9500 years old. It was
once home to ~10,000 people.
World War I battle site—where huge numbers of young men died in a
protracted invasion battle—is not only important to
Turkey’s heritage, but also to Australians’ and New
Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938)
was modern Turkey’s founder. Roughly speaking, what George Washington
did for the
United States, Ataturk did for Turkey (and perhaps then some!)
Armenia, a small mountainous country east of Turkey.
Armenian, this word describes one as an Armenian (just as USA citizens
call themselves Americans.)
capital of modern Armenia.
the Bible’s Old Testament, this is where Noah’s ark came to
rest. It lies on the border between Turkey and Armenia.
happened in 301 AD, twenty or so years before Christianity became the
Roman Empire’s religion.
one million Armenians were killed in the 1915-1917 genocide:
deliberate, systematic mass slaughter of an ethnic,
political or cultural
group. Turkey denies responsibility and claims the deaths were
part of a civil war in the region (which
was already engulfed in World
independent from 1918 to 1920, Armenia was incorporated into the Soviet
Union until 1991.
Athens, the capital of modern Greece, and the birthplace of democracy in
the fifth century BC.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) logos meant “reasoned discourse”èthe
idea of an orderly universe
Comment: this theme has value as
emotional armor: 1) joining others offers strength protecting against
feeling alone fears, 2) feeling part of a heritage offers continuity and
protection from feeling isolated, alone. But behind this theme’s
“feel good” joining, as was discussed in Part Id,
may be (oxytocin fueled) prejudice, outgroup derogation,
ethnocentrism, etc. potentially leading to conflict and violence.
back to theme #37A
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