A few years ago on of my friends bought an American Car and proudly claimed to be very patriotic as he purchased an American car instead of a German Car. He was perfectly entitled to his opinion and I congratulated him as he stood out for the notion of what he believed as patriotism. But America as a nation has more of a practical view of patriotism where it clearly is a supporter of free international trade and does not impose conditions on its population to only purchase Made in America Products. So is Patriotism for an American about supporting Made in America Products. This is a very narrow slice of patriotism and patriotism stands for much more than that.
Patriotism is the respect and veneration you have for your home land. As such Patriotism is used in the context of a country and I have never heard any one saying I am very Patriotic New Yorker which as such makes perfect sense but what he means is that he is a Patriotic American living in New York. Some People are more inclined to patriotism than others as they take a great pride in their culture, heritage and their identity. The external stimuli which the person receives while growing up in the favor of his home land adds more flesh to inherent patriotic inklings of a person.
The roots of patriotism lie in a Man’s attachment to a piece of Land. A Farmer dependent on his land for a good harvest and livelihood would end up looking up to his Land as the ultimate provider. As more people have a collective attachment to a larger piece of land within a geographical construct the seeds of patriotism begin to emerge. Now historically life in the old world was all about different warring sets of people from contiguous geographic areas fighting each other for access to more land in the hunt for resources and subjugate the people who by the virtue of their birth viewed themselves as the custodians of the land. As the Custodians of the land fought their invaders patriotism as a virtue was the most sacrosanct. Ironically Patriotism with its deep territorial connection also was increasingly seen as a tool to mobilize and indoctrinate people about their cultural identity and cultural superiority. Ironically Patriotism a virtue was now being increasingly used more as a motive to invade others lands than to protect ones lands. Well the world went through a lot of cycles of wars and mayhem in the name of someone’s patriotism. World War I and World War II are testament to that. Continue reading Globalization And Its impact On Patriotism. Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism And Patriotism. Is Patriotism overrated?