|Be proud; not arrogant|
Patriotism is defined as love for
one’s country. In the world we live in where people move around and don’t often
choose to remain in the country of their birth I’m not sure who is a
patriot. Patriotism is getting jaded and outdated . When JFK said : “ ask not
what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country” he
was just stirring up the people with rousing words that a fancy speech writer
Politics is a game of words and powerful orators are akin to slick
salesmen. They sell concepts and abstract ideas that appeal to your honour,
integrity and dignity whilst they skilfully turn
their attentions to their latest collection of nubile interns!
|Patriotism and peace|
Patriotism is political. It’s a
club for the ego. It’s an enclave for the faithful to berate the faithless.
Patriots are rarely vociferous in their countries of birth since they are
confronted with the bitter truths of
governmental mismanagement – food shortages, pot-holed roads, poor sanitation
and a dearth of educational resources and corruption. The latter being most
often perpetrated by the men in power. It’s challenging to be a patriot when
you have low socio-economic standards in a developing country.
Once a person leaves their
country of birth they seem to become patriotic. The form groups in another
country to remember the old country. Sometimes they refuse to integrate, learn
the language of the host country and change the way they dress. The consider it
disloyal to their country of birth to give up all their customs. Would that
they were more loyal and remained in the motherland to do their duty?!!
Human rights stipulate that you
are free to adhere to your cultural norms when they do not interfere with
another’s civil liberties. What you do behind closed doors is your own business
but what happens when its not? Visiting areas that have a high diversity of
ethnic minorities you'll find your senses assaulted by unique sights, smells and sounds and
not all of them pleasing. You’ll see people behaving in ways as they would in
their own prairie lands that appear incongruent and undignified on streets of cobbled stone.
|Fragile: handle with care|
Do we have to tolerate another
person’s idea of culture if its rammed down our throats?
The answer is no and I know many
will misconstrue this as race hate. It is not. The right to life, liberty and
happiness is upheld but what happens when one racial group puts this in a
negative light? What happens when standards start falling in a developed country
to make immigrants feel more comfortable? What happens when the indigenous
population feel disturbed that their cultural practices are becoming obsolete?
Human rights means human
responsibility. We cannot play ethnic music loudly, dump rubbish in our front
gardens and cook with pungent spices if it brings down the neighbourhood. Being comfortable in our own skin, whatever
the colour, should not pollute the atmosphere.
|The price of patriotism|
Everyone wants to better themselves but not at
the expense of trampling over another’s life style.If you are a patriot then
practice healthy patriotism and do not hamper the attempts of indigenous
peoples to live amicably in their own community. If you love your own country
better then go back and support it. Do not disparage the country that feeds you. Patriotism coupled
with arrogance is the cause of social disorder.
There’s an ugly side to
patriotism when we engage in warfare to settle differences. If we can’t share
this world then what’s it for? The world is our country so what are we fighting
I do not live in the country of my birth so I’m not a
patriot. However, I’m loyal to my country of domicile as I know I’ve been
looked after – through good and bad economic times. Patriots should show love
for their country by loving the one they’re in.
Being a good citizen and keeping the laws of the land is thanks enough.
We all need to live in harmony and without patriots (and
inflated egos) we just might achieve that aim.