The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war. — Sydney J. Harris
In the 1999 cult science fiction movie, The Matrix, humans live their lives in a computer-generated world they believe to be real. Their real physical bodies lay submerged unconscious within a capsule filled with nutrient rich fluid while their nervous systems are plugged into a complex AI computer simulation called The Matrix. The simulation feeds their nervous systems with all that is needed for them to believe they are in the real world, living real lives. The premise of the plot is realistic as we indeed create our reality based on stimuli interpreted by our nervous system¹.