Chauvinism is an actual condition when the insecurity of one group of people forces them to usurp their authority by using domination.
Chauvinism is an actual predicament.
It is not a return to the past, but instead, a maintaining of the worst. For after all, there are many things from the past that we’ve abandoned just to make sure we don’t die.
For instance, it used to be avant garde to smoke cigarettes, and now it’s limited to Hollywood bad guys and white trash.
We do have the common sense to reject certain things of the past, like smallpox, measles and even the flu, which used to kill off thousands.
So the contention that we want to return to the “good old days” means that we want to go back to days that were not that good and nobody was really allowed to get old.
So what is chauvinism?
It is anyone who believes he or she is exceptional for any reason whatsoever. If you happen to be exceptional in some field, just do your work and let other people proclaim your excellence.
If you find yourself tooting your own horn, be prepared for folks to find you brassy.
There’s a danger even when referring to America as an “exceptional nation”–for the things that make us exceptional have absolutely nothing to do with the populace. They are the freedoms we purposely grant to those who are not always exceptional.
I must come back to my standard mantra: no one is better than anyone else.
You don’t achieve much by trying to contradict it, and the pursuit of believing it grants you the purity of heart to actually see God in the world around you.