I Pledge Allegiance
Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?
Patriotism is an interesting topic for me. You see I have two nationalities considering my grandparent’s migrated to the country of my birth. Therefore I am branded as a British-Pakistani but to me, it is but that… a brand.
I used to feel pride associated with my country of origin and I later realised the whole concept was outright stupid. Just because we were born in a different region in the world, doesn’t make me any better or worse than anybody else in the world.
We are all the same. We are all equal.
This world doesn’t belong to anyone… It belongs to everyone. The whole idea that a whole country belongs to a certain group of people doesn’t really sit well with me.
The only thing I have that is my own is my beliefs. That’s what makes me who I am. Where I was born or the culture and tradition of my parents doesn’t really mean a thing. It’s only a means to brand us and segregate us from uniting as human beings.
Why is it that when something goes wrong in your nation or some people from your country or race are hurt, you feel it but yet when another human being, who just happens to be from a different part of the world with different skin colour and you are immune to their suffering.
I have noticed this time and time again based on the media and humans have become desensitized because they feel only certain lives are important and the rest aren’t as valuable. All lives are equal and all lives matter. Patriotism only exists because we created it.
What right do I have of taking pride about some war that took place decades ago? If the Germans won WW1 or WW2, I’m pretty sure the country would be proud of the Nazi regime and hailed Hitler as a hero.
There is no justice in war as whoever wins becomes the justice. We kill in the name of our country, fighting over the rights to a piece of land. You call that a heroic act because it was done for patriotism?
Imagine if my neighbour and I had dispute over a piece of land between our houses and I killed the guy, I’m pretty sure my kids are not going to be proud of me. They’ll think I was a nutter. It’s the same concept in my opinion.
Patriotism is a whole bunch of balonies. Should someone attack your home, you have every right of defending it. That does not mean you start to think highly of yourself because of the house your parents left you.
The whole idea of hating someone because they were born in a certain country, based on the actions of that country’s government, is a ridiculous notion. That individual has done nothing to harm you in anyway yet you will hate him? Maybe someone from your nation has hurt this man, does it give him the right to hate you? No, not really because that is completely illogical.
I guess this has become somewhat of a rant. I apologize for any feelings hurt but this is just my honest opinion. We need to eradicate nationalism and patriotism from our lives for this world to unite and see peace.
Great post and some fantastic quotes. I tend to be in agreement with many of your sentiments. Allegiance to our world of humankind and an end to ‘blind patriotism’ 🙂
I’m glad somebody gets my point. I’ve had a lot of people saying that’s not what patriotism is, which is fine if you follow a different sort of patriotism but I know many people who follow the aggressive kind. Patriotism is a different thing to different people. I don’t really care what kind it is, because it doesn’t really seem all that important to me. As you mentioned, my allegiance is to our world of humankind.
Interesting ideas, Desperado!
I do get where your coming from, and as you said, it’s about the individuality. And as you said, I relate with the fact that at some point I used to feel pride in my country (because of that being something I was supposed to) and has since disappeared.
I like to see things from different points of view and sometimes these views make more sense. I used to take pride in what people from my country had done, only to realise, it has nothing to do with me. I’ve not acheived anything to feel proud of. Little things like that made me realise how many things I thought made sense were so flawed.
‘You might as well be proud that you came out of a womb, at least that’s something we all have in common.” – Doug Stanhope
That’s actually a very good quote. I might use that some time. Thanks.