posted on Jul, 28 2013 @ 11:06 PM
Originally posted by polarwarrior
The way you LOOK best to the rest of the world is to act less like flag waving lunatics and more like human beings.
Much of the world came behind you on 9/11 because for once you were the victim not the perpetrator, but the jingoism and nationalism then subsequent
wars which followed ruined all of that sympathy. The sympathy worked in your favor, so maybe this person is saying that this museum and possibly
America would do better if it took that angle - not enough was quoted to be sure.
What you may consider a normal level of patriotism, to most of the world it seems extremely nationalist. There must be almost as many flags flown in
America as there were in nazi Germany, this sort of flag waving pride doesn't mean the country is heading in a great direction.
edit on 28/7/13 by polarwarrior because: (no reason given)
I don't think I made my stance clear in the OP, as that was not my intention. I entirely agree with the fact that American patriotism is often
sensationalized. This photo, however, was taken during the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in attempt to symbolize our standing together in recovery from
a very recent tragedy. If there's any proper time to show support for your country, I would assume that to be it. Not covering the back of your 84
pickup in confederate bumper stickers.
What I consider a normal level of patriotism is the ability to respect your fellow citizens and their rights. You should want to be proud of the
nation you call home. It's unfortunate that corruption and lies often prevent this from happening, especially here in the U.S. Flag waving doesn't
solve any problems, but in the event of a national tragedy, the ability to stand strong together should not be overlooked.
I don't feel the events that took place months and years after 9/11 have any bearing on this photograph and what it represented at the time, and
shouldn't have any effect on the way it is viewed. Comparing the symbolization of unity represented in this photograph to flag waving in Nazi Germany
is quite a leap, my friend. In no way am I saying the U.S. was and/or is headed in a good direction. I'm simply implying that if there's ever any
time a nation should be allowed to be a little bit "Rah Rah," it should be several hours after a national tragedy has occurred. No?