States exercises ethnocentrism on a daily basis. They have come to view themselves as the nation that polices the world thus through pride and believing in ideas of superiority , the USA participates in numerous wars and makes decisions regarding other countries in belief that they are helping the countries to be better – to be more like them. Religiously, certain religions and congregations see themselves as more superior than the other. Christians, Muslims or the true Buddhists and Jews all believe that their God is the one true God and that the other religions are of lesser importance hence they are always trying to convert each other. Lastly, in popular culture, ethnocentrism can be seen in everyday interaction. Amongst the young generations, it can be said that lighter skinned people have the perception that they are better off or prettier and more advantageous than dark skinned people.
McCormick believes that comparative politics makes us less ethnocentric because comparison helps us to better understand each other. He claims that comparison leads to “better appreciating the variety and complexity of human society” (McCormick 2013: 5).