It is almost similar to how the toothbrush mustache strangely and suddenly went out of fashion half way through the last century. Only almost similar because the purpose of a salute like that is the same as the one they wanted to disassociate themselves from, to create a ritual where the individual signals membership to a group.
The toothbrush mustache is just a mustache.
ReverendSpecialK wrote:I don't see how the American pledge of Allegiance is "creepy" as far as I know no one is forced to recite it, and pledging allegiance to one's country is neither uncommon or bad.
Perhaps not uncommon but definitely creepy. Allegiance is not something countries can ask for or demand but something they must show themselves worthy of. If a country is worthy, why have a pledge of allegiance when allegiance is obvious?
ReverendSpecialK wrote:Also I don't see a problem with nationalism
We in Europe tried nationalism for about 150 years starting in the late 18th century. It was a wild ride from start but it ended up making everyone kind of sad so we mostly stopped.