January 27, 2009
Musical Mood : Rang de Basanti
What is Patriotism?
Verbally – Dictionary meaning is – love for or devotion to one’s country!!
Origin – From Latin – Patria and from Greek – Patritha!
Interpretation – Synonymously used for nationalism!
What does it mean to me?
Well, to be honest with you, As I said in my previous post I love my country! Am I Patriotic? Yes 100%….
but at the same time, I consider myself a global citizen! I am not in my country now….Did not leave it definitely but am away!
When I went home in december, one of my friend said, its only because u earn a lot u went there!
Believe me or not, I never thought like that! It never occured to me that its money that mattered! To me, I came coz my job demanded it! and I continued in the job coz I loved it! When I said that, he said, Oooooh…..ya you are not takin salary na? that was soo sarcasic that even I noticed it [i generally am incapable of noticing and enjoying sarcasm!] Yet I say I am Patriotic! And I respect Patriotism! Na…Not in the sense its been abused today! [I choose abuse coz i felt mis use is an understatement!]
Let me ask you, U love your home right? Why? Coz you were born and brought up there, Your parents and loved ones are around!
In the same way, U love the city/town you are born in ….right? coz you went to school , made friends and celebrated many new years!
So, you love your state and so country! and to me thats Patriotism!!
When you love something, you respect it and protect it! thats Patriortism!!
Its an extended or extrapolation of love you have towards your home! This doesnt back me off being a World Citizen! I love Chester now, I enjoy being in where I am…but that doesnt mean I am not patriotic enough! Or does it??
The same way, just like you feel about your country, every other person from different countries do feel the same! Isnt it natural? Ya….But many of us are failing to notice this!
If each of us in the world, realise and recognise this simple fact, would there be fights??
But may be its impossible!! even if one whole country succeeds in realising this, if its neighbour doesnt, then what can we do about it? I dont know! 😦
PS : As someone said aptly, things which are obvious are left unnoticed! 😦