I Don’t Understand Patriotism

“Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons”

Bertrand Russell

What are countries, even? Political barriers? They’re required for economic stuff and for administration purposes, but why don’t we just leave it there?

What I’m being asked to do now is love certain people more than others because they happened to have been born within the same created boundaries as I was. To take pride when anybody from within these boundaries achieves something. Believe that the land within those boundaries are superior to any other. To chant slogans to prove my love for my country. If I applied those exact things to my race, I’d be racist, but now I need to do them or risk being labelled an anti-nationalist? (To my foreign readers, that’s a new craze going around here now. Label people anti-nationals and threaten to deport them to Pakistan)george-bernard-shaw-patriotism-quotes-patriotism-is-your-conviction.jpg

And I can’t do that. I cannot see people as different based on nationalities. Osho understood: He said that patriotism is a betrayal to humanity. That might be a bit extreme, maybe there’s nothing wrong with having just a little affection to the abstract concept of a nation, But to the extent of forgetting that we are all the same species, that is when it can get dangerous.

Indeed, nationalism is a dangerous thing. Without it, it’d be that much harder to wage wars (Not impossible, because we humans seem to find reasons to fight, no matter what).  You give a man weapons and you tell him to go and kill some other random person, he will hesitate (If he doesn’t, he might be dangerous, stay away from him). He will hesitate because some part of him will ask why he needs to take the life of some guy who he doesn’t know, who hasn’t done him any harm and might be a pretty good guy. That is, after all, human.
But soldiers don’t hesitate. Why? They believe they’re doing if for their country. They are pumped to the brim with this belief, and this makes them mere pawns to any corrupt, greedy government that happens to be in power. Tell them they’re doing it for their country and they’ll kill anybody, they’ll bomb any city… And they’ll die doing it. And to what end?

“When you attack a country, you aren’t defending yours, you are just killing people who are defending theirs country”*.  And again, these attacks are planned out by your government. Most times, the people of your country aren’t even going to see the benefits of any victory earned through conquest. “If you aren’t at-least a little ashamed of your country’s history, you don’t know your country’s history”*.  If you take a good enough look at the news or history, you’re going to see that you don’t agree with everything that your country is doing. Because your country doesn’t define you.

There’s no absolute point to this post, all I’m asking of people is to understand that you have an identity that is much larger than your nationality, and that must come first. The country exists for the people, and if it’s not providing (and most countries aren’t)then its existence has to called into question.Jiddu K.jpg


*Author of quotes unknown , taken off the internet

11 thoughts on “I Don’t Understand Patriotism

  1. michelle213norton

    It drives me batty that people act like we can’t question our government because we must support our troops. I definitely support our troops, the poor buggers! I point out that not questioning the leadership is what got Germany into trouble. In the past, we were helping bring peace. Now, we are the terrorists and all we do creates other terrorists! It makes me sick! Now, we don’t even really have any say cause big money (international corps and wealthy individuals,) are the ones with the ears of the politicians. I’ve made the case for a while that we are no longer a republic (as we were never a democracy,) but an oligarchy!!

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      1. michelle213norton

        It’s the “war on terror!” People are willing to give up their rights and privacy and give them carte blanche to bomb randomly for the sake of “protection”!

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  2. Alexandra

    Now this is what i call parallel thinking…
    I swear to Beyonce, I’ve had “I don’t get Patriotism” in my drafts for a month now… This is truly spooky… I don’t know what to do with myself now 😀

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  3. Everyhataid

    Well said.
    By the way, patriotism and nationalism – two different things.
    “Patriotism is based on affection and Nationalism is rooted in resentment and rivalry”.

    “Patriot: Expresses the emotion of love towards his country in a passive way

    Nationalist: Strives for independence and the interests and domination of a nation and expresses his love or concern for the country in an active political way.”

    PS: Double quotes mean the same thing.

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    1. Thanks . Thanks for the information, I wasn’t too clear on the difference, but I used them interchangeably because right now, there’s a lot of talk about anti-nationalism in India, and I can’t relate because I’ve never been much of a patriot

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