This pessimistic outlook on our country has been the topic of many conversations I’ve had recently and, quite frankly, reading your post was a great wake-up call for me. After moving from my hometown, where politics were more or less taboo, to this campus, where students are so vocal about the problems facing our country, I very easily gave into the “grass is greener” mindset that you write about. Hearing constantly about anti-refugee sentiment, systematic inequality, and other flaws in our political system while observing the undying national pride of European friends has lead me to feel quite disheartened about the state of America. However, maintaining this defeatist outlook can only hamper the success of our country, especially as it fails to recognize the many ways in which our country has improved. Without understanding our past successes along with our shortcomings, we will never be able to learn and implement successful policies. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and reminding us that national pride is not nearly as unsubstantiated as we are prone to believing.