An folk song from Southern Italy, roughly translated, says: “if you never forget about your roots, you will respects the roots of faraway countries”.
I have been often accused of being a nationalist because I like to emphasize how important my roots are to me. I believe the words of the folk song above explain why I believe roots are important and why I am proud of my background. Only if we know who we are and where we come from we can truly become citizens of the world, we can learn to love and respect difference as one of the most exciting features that our Universe has to offer.
My Sardinians roots are a fundamental part of who I am but also what makes me look at the world around with interest, empathy and respect.