Edawan wrote:French here.
The thing I think I'm most proud of has to be the European Union.
Uniting nations with one common interest is the first step to world peace !
Not proud to be German (though I like my country pride is not applicable obviously), but proud to be Eruopean!
In the words of Victor Hugo:
"Well, you say today - and I am one of those who say it with you - all of us here, we say to France, to England, to Prussia, to Austria, to Spain, to Italy, to Russia, we say to them, 'A day will come when your weapons will fall from your hands, a day when war will seem absurd and be as impossible between Paris and London, St. Petersburg and Berlin, Vienna and Turin, as today it would seem impossible between Rouen and Amiens, Boston and Philadelphia."
Proide in what has been achieved is justified in so far as it spurns us on towards what still lays ahead, how disastrously we still fall short.:
"A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius, clearing up the globe, making deserts fruitful, ameliorating creation under the eyes of the Creator, and joining together to reap the well-being of all."
Hugo could not have conceived of the darkness that was yet to come when he spoke these words in 1850, and no more then he could then can we today foresee what darkness might yet befall our children. And that is another important positive thing about Europe: The willingness to keep our history in mind and reflect upon it.