We all know having national pride is a good thing. But what about shame? Is it ok to admit and express displeasure over portions of your country's history? Is it ok to teach children in your country that mistakes were made? Germany, for example. Is it ok for a German to be ashamed of their country during the world wars? Should German children be taught to be ashamed of their country for the role it played in the world wars? Or should people not be ashamed of their country but rather those in charge during the time? I'm wondering if it is ever acceptable to acknowledge that your country has made mistakes in the past, or if that is unpatriotic. If you think it is unpatriotic, then how would you address previous transgressions by your country? Can you have intense pride for your country yet still be willing to acknowledge previous wrongdoings?