posted on Aug, 2 2012 @ 07:06 PM
We've been watching, we see it nearly every time.
Someone wins a medal, the National Anthem plays, someone cries.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
I ask you....Why do you think they are crying? I would hope that it's the culmination of years of hard work, frustration....dreams realized. Personal
achievements are meant to be celebrated. I have no problem with that. No reason to hide your pride in your accomplishments. No one else should take
credit for what you've achieved.
Thing is, I sense something else. Are they proud of themselves?
But why is that pride masked by some overarching false national sentiment? Is it false at all?
Are they proud of what this country was founded upon (the triumph of the will of free humanity)? Or is it some jingoistic glee pointed at the military
might of our country and the needless deaths of millions of civilians over the decades as a result of wars fought to protect our "freedom"?
Am I the only one that understands the difference between patriotism and jingoism?
Am I making too much of this?