What does patriotism mean to you and do you do anything specific to illustrate it beyond just talking about it?

I just Googled the word to find Images and virtually all of them on the world wide web seem to represent a single country. There were a number of definitions and one that struck me is that nationalism is not patriotism. There were a few quotes by US presidents, particularly Washington & Roosevelt that seemed to attempt to steer loyalty away from themselves and towards something much bigger.

Whaddaya think?




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  1. mamajoy 2 years ago

    By definition it basically means to support or defend one’s country. But it’s hard to remain patriotic all the time, especially when your country seems to support things that go against your personal values or bring harm to it’s citizens.

    Patriotism really should be earned not expected just because you live in a certain country. Patriotism happens when individuals genuinely love their country due to their experiences and perspectives on issues that affect them. When a country shows that they are invested in their people, the patriotism will follow.

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  2. Lucifer Rising 2 years ago

    For me, I am here in the USA, but I am as a ‘stranger in a strange land’. My true home, my true nation is the Kingdom of God, which is as an island or bubble in the midst of the world. That City, that is what I am truly patriotic for.

    The US, I do view as an ally in many ways. And I am very patriotic for the US, but for a very different reason then what I see many are.

    The founding documents and spirit, that is what I am patriotic for. For the concept of just and free nation, and nations.

    So, like the US, I am opposed to totalitarianism.

    However, can I truly state the US is not totalitarian? I believe that many do fight for the US for the sublime reasons of its’ founding, but many others have ruined it. Much of that is simply accepting those traits which are tyrannical, such as the US terrible imprisonment record and state of the justice system.

    Accepting the many failures, where the US and US citizens embrace tyranny, to me is as against true patriotism as possible.

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  3. Yin 2 years ago

    I think it is fine to criticize our country. It isn’t to say that this country is trash and to forget about it. It is to want it to be better. It is to address the problems that we have. That is patriotism, in my opinion. Nationalism and blindly backing the country 100% isn’t that. Allowing your country to go down a dark road just because you feel that you need to support it with everything it does isn’t patriotic. It is like the Kaepernick thing. He decided to sit during the national anthem to raise awareness of issues he thought needed to be addressed to make this country better. A lot of people hated him for sitting. Well, I’d argue that he is the patriotic one to want our country to be better. I mean, he even donated a ton of money and time to kids for school. Sometimes you have to step back from support to actually support your country. Damn the appearance of support. Active support is what matters.

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  4. Griz 2 years ago

    Patriotism is a devotion to and the love of a people. It is the embracing of your responsibility towards them, even at personal cost.

    What it should not be is a blind ancestor worship or Nation worship scenario. This results in silly things like discharging your responsibility to your people, thousands of miles away from your people. This is more serving an ideology than a society of people. One serves their Nation abroad only to return home and find it’s gone to hell in a handbasket. . . because everybody is discharging their responsibilities to it. . . elsewhere.

    Patriotism needs to be where ideologies about what a people should be, meets and engages what they currently and actively are.

    Living the dream is fine for a while. But woe to the country for whom it becomes a nightmare because they cannot wake up to the actual reality before them.

    Patriotism should never be a religion.

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  5. Jear77 2 years ago

    there are 2 types of patriotism.

    The first type is a genuine pride in one’s country, its justice system, its people, and what it represents.

    The second type is a warped perception of what the country is and should be. It’s the type of a thing that causes people to have standoffs against the government due to the ideas that you want to keep your guns and the government doesn’t want you to have them. It the idea that it’s a good idea to oppose, perhaps even overthrow your government in the name of progress… when you really don’t have anything better to replace it with, and even if you did, the bloodshed that you would create in putting this new government in place would be incredibly problematic for the survivors, with them wanting to overthrow you… and so the cycle would start anew.

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  6. BelleMadre 2 years ago

    words that come to me when i think of patriotism are Love Pride and Fierce Protectiveness of ones country or what one thinks ones country stands for? which i dont know if anyone in any country in the world right now should be feeling except during sporting events :D but i am Glad i am canadian right about now

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  7. Thomas 2 years ago

    Patriotism means that I love America because I am a citizen. But that doesn’t mean I should not change with the needs of an ever changing world.

    The world is getting smaller and smaller. It now takes a second to communicate across the globe. I feel like I am not only an American, but also an African, a Latino, an Asian, a South Pacific Islander. I want to say the world is my home.

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