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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 11, 2009

What exactly is 'Patriotism'?

This post (not necessarily a debate topic as such) is inspired from a comment left on my personal blog.

I believe patriotism is grossly misunderstood term. I don't want to drive this discussion in any one direction. I welcome all views.

What is Patriotism according to you?
raj87verma88
raj87verma88 • Feb 11, 2009
Patriotism is the feeling of belonging towards your nation.It is love which you can not describe, you can just experience it and everyone experiences in a different way. It is the love for your nation and can be expressed in many ways, not just by joining the forces.

patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be.
He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

"True patriotism doesn't only consist in loving an ideal country, but — in loving, studying and working for the real elements of the country that are its land, community, people and all their wealth."
Boleslaw Prus

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.
Seneca

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain
And Biggie here are the same words you meant I suppose.

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practised. But I am sorry to say that of late it has been so much hackneyed about that it is in danger of falling into disgrace. The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
  • Robert Walpole in a speech given to the House of Commons in 1741.
Yes many people have forgotten the meaning of patriotism and are trying to serve their own purpose. But we have to support our nation and make it the best. This should be the aim of every patriot. And yes, Patriotism does not mean, thinking, my nation is the best the rest are shit. A true patriot never disrespects other nations and it's culture.
Patriotism to me is!! to be ohnest towards my nation,and identify my nations strenght and weaknesses and working towards improving upon them.
Patriotism to me is a mix of Passion,Pride,Sencebility,Soberity,tough
shalini_goel14
shalini_goel14 • Feb 13, 2009
Wel

According to me Patriotism is one's extreme love for his/her country. It means always giving respect to your country above others. Always looking at the positive and good points about your country rather than comparing its negative points with other countries.

Patriotism is buying a "Flag" from street boys selling during traffic jams in 10 Rs before Independenc Day or Republic Day and then feeling proud of it.😀

Patriotism is giving repect to your National Anthem the way Japanese people give.😀

Patriotism is always saying good things about your country in front of other nation's poeple rather than accepting own country's negative/bad things by them.

Lot more things about Patriotism, will keep on adding.😁
raj87verma88
raj87verma88 • Feb 13, 2009
Sarav's points are good.
Shalini's points are good too but I am afraid I disagree with her points. But I guess it is your own interpretation.
shalini_goel14
shalini_goel14 • Feb 13, 2009
raj87verma88
Sarav's points are good.
Shalini's points are good too but I am afraid I disagree with 2 of her points. But I guess it is your own interpretation.
Afraid 😕. Be bold if you disgaree with my points. Come on tell which are those points and debate on it.😉
raj87verma88
raj87verma88 • Feb 13, 2009
That, my dear, was just a figure of speech. I won't disclose the points as I am in no mood for a debate especially on such a sensitive topic. Your views have been developed since long and so has mine in different environments. Both of us will be unwilling to yield and the debate will go on endlessly. I would just say this that your perception of patriotism does not match mine. But like I said in an earlier post, each interprets things in his/her own way.
@shalini : your defination of patriotism is hard to understand,first of all,buying a flag doesnt mean you are a patriot respecting a flag does,why should i learn patriotism from the japanese,we also have our own culture and history to learn from,its true to you defend your country but accept its weaknesses too,everything should have a critic and also rectify those mistakes,and foremost i can necer compare my country its my motherland,but i will definately try to implement the good of other countrie here!!!
Ash's definition of patriotism:

The sincerity to love and sacrifice for your country, not to turn your back on it when it needs you (and your contributions) and seek to make it a better place for your fellow country mates.
raj87verma88
raj87verma88 • Feb 15, 2009
ash
Ash's definition of patriotism:

The sincerity to love and sacrifice for your country, not to turn your back on it when it needs you (and your contributions) and seek to make it a better place for your fellow country mates.
Now this is a good definition. Accurate, precise, to the point.

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