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Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Just another divisive man made concept.
Originally posted by redbarron626
This thread is in response to the idea that patriotism is established by society with rules of conduct and order. I believe that each citizen is responsible for his/her own patriotism and it is his/her choice on how to express this.
Good old Wikipedia has this to say about the subject,
"Personal patriotism is emotional and voluntary. The patriot adheres to certain patriotic values, such as respect for a flag.
Governments promote an official patriotism which has a high symbolic and ceremonial content. It is a logical consequence of the state itself, which derives legitimacy from being the expression of the common good of the political community. National monuments, and veterans days and commemoration ceremonies are typical examples. Often official patriotism is highly regulated by protocol, with specific methods for handling flags, or specific pledges and displays of allegiance."
Patriotism relies heavily on symbolic acts, such as displaying the flag, singing the national anthem, participating in a mass rally, placing a patriotic bumper sticker on one's vehicle, or any other way of publicly proclaiming allegiance to the state. Symbolic patriotism in wartime is intended to raise morale, in turn contributing to the war effort. Peacetime patriotism can not be so easily linked to a measurable gain for the state, but the patriot does not see it as inferior.
While these definitions are fine, i would like to hear what the ATS community has to say about Patriotism and how it personally affects you.
[edit on 3-7-2008 by redbarron626]