(Excerpt from The online Encyclopedia of Shinto on Yamato-damashii.
Literally, "Japanese spirit"; Yamato damashii is also written 大和魂. This term is often contrasted with "Chinese Learning" (karasae), that is, knowledge and scholarship imported into Japan from China. Yamato damashii refers to an inherent faculty of common-sense wisdom, resourcefulness, and prudent judgment that is characteristic of, and unique to, the Japanese people. It also refers to a practical, "real life" ability and intelligence that is in contrast with scholarship and knowledge acquired through formal education. It is a term used to express such ideas as the essential purity and resolute spirit of the Japanese people, the wish for the peace and security of the nation, and the possession of a strong spirit and emotion that will meet any challenge, even at the expense of one's own life. Yamato damashii is synonymous with Yamato gokoro (lit. "Japanese heart").
Madeleine Albright(Former US Secretary of State) Quote
“If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.” - Madeleine Albright
(A good article regarding this quote: https://foreignpolicy.com/2014/11/06/the-myth-of-the-indispensable-nation/)
My Wholly Unsolicited Two Cents
"Get. Fucking. Real." is usually my first reaction to these kinds of comment and/or idea. Sharing the same self-delusional bigotry and otherworldly condescending tone, they are pretty crude a set of guiding principles to adopt or live by. But speaking of “real”, sure, evil prevails. These kinds of guiding principles, along with fabrication of history and myth-making, can and do serve many nations' self-interests well. Or at least better than pacifist ones; which is another form of delusory thinking on the opposite end of the scale. But yes, this is the world we live in. In the words of Belinda Carlisle, heaven is a place on earth. Well, it doesn't take that much "common-sense wisdom" to be able to surmise the flip side of that coin.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”- Krishnamurti