I can see what you're saying, but I disagree to an extent. Although you may have had no hand in it, you're still a part of it, so I feel as though you do have the right to feel proud. If your city were to host the olympics (yeah, the analogy sucks, but I got a headache), although you had nothing whatsoever to do with the process of winning the bid, as a resident of that city, you have every right in the world to feel proud. As far as race goes, if you looked at the heritage of your people, why wouldn't you feel proud? Even knowing you played no part, I feel being a descendant of something great is worthy enough to warrant pride. It's not all about individual accomplishments, all the time. By the way... How are you? I haven't heard from you in years.