IT’S COOL TO be proud of where you come from, but what stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope has to say about Nationalism is completely true — many times, it makes us perpetuate negative stereotypes about people and cultures that we’ve never come into contact with. And a lot of times, people dis other cultures because of something they heard from a neighbor, or read on a blog (without doing any research as to the validity of their claims).

Really, the problem with nationalism is that we take it for granted. In school, we’re told about all of the great things our home countries have done for the world, with very little focus given to the things that have made the world worse. We don’t appreciate the things that have gone into what makes a place, or a culture, so great — we’re only taught to raise a stink if something doesn’t benefit us 100% “because that’s what democracy is all about!” (hint: it’s not).

This comedic bit might make people mad, but you have to laugh, because you know it’s true.