Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?
The standard dictionary definition reads,”love for one’s country.”
Stephen Nathanson (1993, 34-35) defines patriotism as involving:
1. Special affection for one’s country.
2. A sense of personal identification with the country.
3. Special concern for the well-being of the country.
4. Willingness to sacrifice to promote the country’s good.
Many think of patriotism as a natural and appropriate expression of attachment to the country in which we were born and raised and of gratitude for the benefits of life on its soil, among its people, and under its laws. They also consider patriotism an important component of our identity.
If someone asks the question,”Are you Patriotic?”
My answer is yes, how do I know I am patriotic, because I feel proud of my country, I am proud to be one of its citizens.
I am sad if my country loses in any competitive games held in the world. I pray for my country to thrive in everything. I’m concerned about its welfare. I am unhappy if someone passes negative comments about my country.
I love living in my country, I have a special affection for it!