My post about patriotism sparked a debate with friends.
My question was -
"Is patriotism an extension of what you feel towards family or a feeling of superiority that we associate with wherever we are from?"Allow me to share one response -
It is rooted in evolution. We feel closer to people with higher proximity to ourselves. We tend to protect people who we expect will likely reciprocate the gesture.
Our attraction to our own tribe is biologically programmed. It increases our odds of staying alive. Yes. the Bee Gees were singing a patriotic song.
That's why most cultures are based upon creating a tribe. Religion is one; probably the most powerful kind. Sports teams, Universities, Sororities are all tribes... Social media has recreated a similar online tribe... 200wordsaday.com has also gathered those of us with the same yearning to be better writers.
I feel like I understand and feel connected to a few writers already
@lucjah @seunoyebode @brandonwilson @MichaelDriver @abrahamKim @gabrielgreco
And many more. I haven't figured how to go to my old notifications.
I like this new way of looking at patriotism.