Anonym fragte: Are you patriotic?
the answer to that question really depends on one’s definition of the word patriotic.
many people define patriotism as blind, unconditional obedience to one’s country, and supporting that country and its government no matter what.
by this definition, no. i am not patriotic in the least.
my birth in the united states was nothing more than an accident, as is my current state of consciousness. both of these things are deeply intertwined, but neither of them is purposeful.
additionally, i have many problems with how things are in the us today.
- i do not support the state of israel and its continued genocide of the palestinian people
- i do not support 53% of government revenue being used for “defense” purposes
- i do not support denying rights to women, people of color, and the lgbt* community.
- i do not support corporatism in politics
- i do not support the obscenely close-minded two-party political system that has codified itself into this nation’s consciousness
- i do not support interference in global affairs, especially to the extent of armed excursions into other nations, which amounts to thinly-disguised colonialism.
i’m positive that there are other things about this nation that irk, bother, or even infuriate me.
however, if one defines patriotism as an idealistic loyalty to the place that one’s nation could be at its best, then yes, i am. if one defines patriotism as willing to take matters into your own hands and take a stand against the traditional injustices which abound in one’s birthplace, in order to create a better situation for every citizen and resident of that nation, then yes, i am patriotic.
the united states of america has always been an experiment in democracy. our example has inspired millions. blind patriotism is believing that the experiment was a success and that we have been and continue to be the greatest nation on the planet. true patriotism, however, is the acknowledgment that we have in many areas totally failed to be a great, or even good, place to live—but also the willingness to continue the experiment, to try and make it a success.
to answer your question, i propose another question: what does it mean to be patriotic?