posted on May, 28 2010 @ 10:17 AM
Originally posted by beta.services
From the outside world, Americans appear to be reducing anything they have done, good or bad, to a symbol. When you do that, you can be fooled into
thinking that if anyone attacks that symbol, they are attacking you. And when you have no control over where that symbol goes, and what can be done
under it, do you really want that symbol representing you?
Your point is well taken and I respect it, although I disagree.
South Africa is actually a wonderful example. Right now, you are facing the potential of another racial war. People, separated by their skin color,
battling for their own personal desires either individually or collectively as a race.
Your flag, the flag of any nation, has no skin color. It is the symbol of what ultimately unites people in any nation to fight for, and support, and
better, the nation that they choose to be a part of.
If people in South Africa could unite themselves under the flag of your country, and remember the people in your past that made that flag possible,
and how many people died to make that flag have meaning, perhaps the color of one's skin would somehow seem less important.
Similarly to the pride a nation feels when winning the Olympics, and hearing their national anthem sung for the world, the flag embodies these
emotions. There is a reason that these traditions are maintained and respected throughout the world.
The flag is not merely a symbol. It is most certainly not just a piece of cloth. It is the representation of what many, many people died for and
continue to risk their lives to protect.