Sometimes, we fall prey to generalising our opinion about a country’s population as a whole. Stereotypes are okay, if spoken about in a lighter vein.
But it is wrong, when an opinion about a country’s disposition is based on the statements of a handful or one-off people – good or bad.
It is impossible to hold an an opinion about a country. An opinion can be given about an individual, a small group of people, an organization or the government. Not a country.
Mentality is of people, not of a country. No statistics can prove a 100% similarity of thoughts between all individuals of a country.
For example, a bridal magazine from the middle-east had invited opinions on whether girls should take the first step in proposing. My friend voted yes and explained her reasons. There was also a no take. I read it and re-read it -> the no take. I was amused. The post inadvertently objectified women, I thought. I was tempted to look at the nationality of the opinion holder. But then I checked myself. It was an individual opinion, and it should not colour (no pun intended) my opinion of her country.
It would be a considerate world if everybody held an opinion about individuals/organisations/governments with whose views/actions they do not agree; not their whole country.
If you’re sharp, you’ll notice what I have tried to say between the lines.