I wonder what drives patriotism.
A friend explained that your country is just an extension of family.
I am very protective and defensive about my family. No one can get away with saying anything bad in my presence. Family is just off limits. But I don't feel the same violent passion for a country.
When do I really feel patriotic?
The Olympics. Watching an Ethiopian make it that finish line gets me emotional every time. In team sports like soccer and tennis, I feel naturally protective of people that look like me.
Ghana was playing against the US in a world cup soccer match in 2010. And I had no doubt that I wanted Ghana to win. Mind you - I am not Ghanaian but the part of me that was patriotic to "my home continent" kicked in high gear. Some folks accurately described that match as "Motherland (Africa) Vs Fatherland (USA)".
So what is patriotism?
Is it an extension of family or it is what George describes in his quote below?
"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it." George Bernard Shaw