Sunday Poser # 72

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

What are your views about patriotism/ nationalism?

When I was younger, in school, I was filled with the patriotic spirit. But as an adult I see things differently.

If by patriotism, we mean working for the betterment of our country and its people, I’m all for it. But wars and aggression in name of patriotism and/or nationalism is not acceptable. The only battle I want my country to win is in the field of cricket or hockey or any other game.

No country should try to wage war in the name of patriotism.

What are your thoughts on this issue; Patriotism?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



62 thoughts on “Sunday Poser # 72

  1. I think nationalism should be abolished from our vocabulary and thinking. We are, after all, ALL humans and shouldn’t want to oppress any other culture. For that same reason, I’m not a big fan of patriotism either as it tends to only create an allegiance for an individual’s country.

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    1. I agree my friend! In the name of nationalism we justify self interest over the interest of many. If Putin was not bitten by the bug of patriotism, he never would have invaded Ukraine.

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      1. Putin’s attitude has nothing to do with patriotism. He’s a self-serving tyrant. Just because he believes in Russia doesn’t mean that Russia would believe in him if they weren’t wallowing in propaganda. A patriot and or nationalist wants every countryman to thrive dependent on unified principles. That has nothing to do with their feelings about other cultures. Even the U.S. government has few patriots because their actions have less to do with ‘principles of the people’ and more to do with gaining their own individual power and wealth.
        You are attributing bad unrelated actions to the wrong words. 😉

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  2. The same as you with one more thought ~ to me patriotism means loving the beautiful land of the US and not polluting it with garbage or hunting our animals for “sport.” Anyone who dumps trash on the ground is or shoots wolves from planes is NOT A PATRIOT!

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  3. I completely concur with you, Sadje. I am grateful to this country and all of the beautiful people past and present that have made this country and it’s values manifest. The issue is that people in this country also co-opt these values, and use them to create more systematic oppression by waging war and violence against particular groups of people. I am vehemently opposed to these acts of treachery and take actions everyday to mitigate and ameliorate these injustices. A powerful question this week, my dear friend. Thank you for the prompt.

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  4. No post from me on this, but I will say I am English, a Brit and someone who did not like being called a European when we were members of the EU. I am proud of our Queen but would not consider myself a royalist. Sadly our leaders are a shameful bunch who are not putting our country and its citizens first IMO

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    1. Thanks Beth for sharing. It behoves us all to be concerned about our planet, and to try to improve our environment. Being a patriot in great but not in a negative sense.

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  5. From what I’ve seen, the only time our country was trying to wage peace in the past 100 years was under President Trump. It is great to be patriotic, not so great to trust politicians who have invested in the tools of war and want to make a profit.

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  6. Both patriotism, and nationalism are negative terms when humanity is taken into account… and are used copiously by all those who do not see, or want ‘the other’ as an equal… one can say stridently I LOVE MY COUNTRY… but the soil of every land will drink your blood… and the maggots of every land will eat what is left of your flesh… does this mean that the soil, and the maggots of every land KNOW, and LOVE you more…?

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    1. In today’s vernacular, these terms have accrued a negative intonation. If being patriotic means to love our country and to try to make it better for everyone then it’s a good thing. But to oppress others in the name of patriotism is not allowed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts


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