Patriotism, the virtue of the vicious. ~Oscar Wilde
It both amuses and saddens me that blind, reflexive and thoughtless patriotism is required of one born in America. If one runs for office it is requires that one wear a flag pin, like a party badge, upon ones lapel. If one attempts to offer a nuanced analysis of an international dynamic rather than simply waving the bloody shirt and calling for more troops to be thrust into the breech, one is accused of hating America.
This is amusing if one remembers that our country was founded by people who had the good sense to flee a country that offended them, along with convicts and slaves. They, in the fullness of time, were led by our founding fathers who conspired to commit an act of treason against their mother country and fomented an act of rebellion and revolt.
Since it succeeded, we revere and venerate these people and their actions with near religious blind devotion. This, I suspect, is not how they would have wished it. I suspect they would see that America now has its own equivalent of the East India Company.
I am saddened that those who claim to be patriots seem to be in its thrall.
Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. ~Guy de Maupassant
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. ~Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary
Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on his own dunghill. ~Richard Aldington
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, I am a citizen of the world. ~Socrates
You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. ~George Bernard Shaw
To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. ~Buddha
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~Albert Einstein, The World As I See It, 1934
Patriotic societies seem to think that the way to educate school children in a democracy is to stage bigger and better flag-saluting. ~S.I. Hayakawa
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. ~Bertrand Russell
Be seeing you.