Saturday 18 November 2017

Makes you proud to be Irish?

Princess Charlene. Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Princess Charlene. Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire

If there's one thing the Irish love, it's being loved by others.

In fact, you could say that, as a people, we're the equivalent of the needy, passive-aggressive girl who demands adoration and affirmation from everybody else, whether it's deserved or not.

Obviously, a large part of this is down to our relative geographic remoteness - we are, after all, a small and comparatively insignificant rock in the water on the far edge of Europe. That remoteness, coupled with an entire Burdock's worth of chips on our shoulder (which have provided so many bad Irish writers with plenty of material) has resulted in a strange and fragile mindset. This mindset seems to be a bizarre combination of massive ego and tiny self-esteem. In other words, we want, no, we demand that everybody loves us, but deep down, don't feel we deserve it.

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