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Jan 22, 2019 11:59:28


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I wonder what drives patriotism. 

A friend explained that your country is just an extension of family. 

Is it?

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

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    @keni I started commenting, it's such a huge, difficult subject... I have problems with patriotism... it's hard to express, hard even to clearly see it for myself. It's a bit easier here, there is Europe, it's such a huge concept, hard not to love. Lucky me...

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 26, 2019 05:24:47
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    @keni This really got me thinking. While I've never felt particularly patriotic, I wonder if that would change were I to move to a foreign country. Would being in a somewhat alien location and culture make me feel a more pronounced sense of kinship with my home country? Last time I visited Europe, though, I was mostly afraid to admit to being an American (I wore a lot of Canadian t-shirts!).

    esjael avatar esjael | Jan 24, 2019 07:13:04
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      @esjael - Its an interesting concept. You would yearn to be around people that understand you and your language. Its definitely an experience that most associate with patriotism... I am considering writing a post on when I first stepped back into my country as a young teenager. Hopefully that will express my thoughts well.
      Thank you for your comments.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2019 10:43:46
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    @keni extension of family IMO. Great content.

    Alvin Milton avatar Alvin Milton | Jan 22, 2019 21:02:51
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      @alvinmilton - Thank you Alvin.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 22, 2019 21:32:23
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    @keni If Latin were still taught at school it would be much easier to understand the true meaning of the word and separate it from the political connotations to which we've become accustomed when the 'patriotism' comes up.
    A patriot is just a person from a particular 'patria' (homeland). It's pointless to remove cultural markers, language, and a shared history from the meaning of 'homeland' because then it's just a land, but not a homeland.
    Should those things matter to us to the point they become ideology (Patriotism)? No.
    But it also doesn't mean that they don't/should not matter.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 22, 2019 18:40:58
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      @gabrielgreco - Interesting perspective. Thank you for that detailed comment Gabriel.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 22, 2019 21:31:39
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      @keni Only wrote it because the post was interesting. There is much to say on the subject. It's something that ties in culture, history, language, the entire concept of identity.... No easy answers on this one.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 23, 2019 09:46:47
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      @gabrielgreco - Identity....that an entire heavy subject by itself...

      I agree - a lot of these things are intertwined. I want to understand them well.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2019 12:16:08
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      @keni Only one way, read. Hard.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 24, 2019 22:25:53
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      @gabrielgreco - Agreed.
      On it.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2019 16:27:40
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