The Definition Of Patriotism Through Values
Patriotism. Love of country. Defense of country. Respect for ourselves, our citizens and natural resources. Care for our citizens.
Love, defense, respect, care. These words describe our nation’s highest ideals for our country. Yet the word ‘patriotism’ doesn’t always resonate with us the same throughout the undulating, sometimes turbulent nature of our ever changing culture. If we are not careful, we run the risk of people developing a belief that patriotism is no longer important. If so, then we must ask what has replaced it?
The full scope of the definition of patriotism embodies more than flag waving, parade marching events that excite us for the moment, only to leave us later to go back to our lives and ignore our personal responsibility to citizenship.
Let’s explore the verbs of patriotism. The action words. Action is what propels us to improve.
Love. Love of country is an important aspect of patriotism. But, as mature, intelligent people know, love is expressed appropriately to the situation. Without this important, yet often overlooked component, we are left with nationalism, not patriotism. Love can disagree with particular decisions when they go against our Constitution. Love can reprimand bad behavior. Love can forgive and love can make restitution. But, love of country is by no means blindly following bad leaders.
Defense. Defense of country is another important aspect of patriotism. When you love something, you defend it. In our nation’s history, there were times when our actions did not reflect the values of our constitutional high ground. It was important to change our actions, while still defending our country. Peaceful protest is the American way for citizens to take part in righting wrongs. Our military must defend the country, whether they agree with the ideas of our citizens or not. They are to defend the country even at the expense of our elected officials, but never at the expense of our citizens. That is why the American armed forces are all volunteers.
Respect. Respect for ourselves, our citizens, and our natural resources. When you’ve defended something as precious as our American way of life, you respect its people, its natural resources and its property. Respect is not an acquired trait, it’s a learned trait. We must educate our people in how to show respect. We need only look to Facebook to see we have not been doing a very good job “marketing” this trait. The disrespect we are experiencing is overwhelming right now. It will take strong leadership, and strong support for that leadership to turn this train around! But, we’ve done it in the past, and we will do it again. Respect is contagious, pass it on.
Care. Care for our citizens. A nation can be defined by its care of its weakest creatures and citizens. The natural world is dependent on human interaction. When we keep our natural resources clean, our eco system remains strong and healthy for all of us. America loves and cares for innocent animals, fiercely defending what they love, our laws are changing to increase penalties on those who mistreat or abuse animals. America is a benevolent society, our faith based organizations have led the nation in care for the poor and needy among us. And according to statistics, most Americans care for the unborn as well as our elderly. Don’t let the headlines deceive you, they are the exception, not the rule. Americans care!
So, how do you define patriotism in your life? How do you show your patriotism? We hope you’ll share your patriotism and encourage them to join us, help us continue to grow a more patriotic America.
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