George Carlin made the point that one should not be proud of one's culture nor one's nationality but only have pride in what one does. He said you have to do something in order to be proud of something. You can not simply be proud to be american, or proud to be muslim or catholic because these are only states of thought and nationality. One must accomplish something in the form of action in order to make the claim to others that one is proud of oneself. Don't tell me you are proud to be Québecois or Japanese, you can only be proud of how you ensure that those cultural meanings are manifest in your actions.