In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Pledge Allegiance.“
My initial reaction to this question would be to say “no” because the pictures coming up in my mind are of War, Soldiers and a lot of blood. So I thought today’s blog will be a one liner something like: No, I am not a patriotic.
My mind couldn’t rest. These two questions haunted me for couple of hours. I decided to ask my best friend Google about it. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary Patriotic means
Oh well this was not a great help. In fact I got more confused because I was thinking about all the people with dual Nationalities. Suppose both countries are competing against each other, which country one should choose? Country of origin or where you was born?
Even though I am no longer an Indian, at least on paper, I was deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It felt like someone in my family died.
When I watched the documentary “India’s daughter”, on BBC, it left me feeling very angry. Words are not enough to fully express my grief and anger. The fact that Indian government officials banned “India’s Daughter” made the situation even worse. Though I am not an “Indian”, I felt ashamed.
To shed some honest light on this, When Austria wins a gold medal in Winter Olympic, I will be jumping around like a child and say: “Look we did it, WE won” :-). I guess what I am trying to say is, we are evolving or progressing to being global citizens.
Here’s another complication. How should we feel about the country we choose to live? In my case that would be Switzerland. You won’t believe how often I say to friends:”…and you people put your money in OUR banks.” or “WE have the best chocolate” etc. While those listening to me, clearly see that I am not of European decent. Still, I choose to speak this way, they accept.
On the other side I don’t consider myself patriotic in the sense that I’d be willing to die for any of these countries. I have huge respect to all the brave men, who fight for us and protect us threats. I personally would never do that, you may call me “Chicken”. There are many ways to express patriotism, I’m afraid I’d be more of a burden, rather than add value – if I joined the armed forces of any country.
Now back to the original question: Am I a Patriotic? I am considering myself as a citizen of the world and I love my world and I am willing to engage myself in activities which will make my world to a better place. What do you think dear reader? Am I Patriotic?
Concluding today’s blog with a famous quote of Albert Einstein: “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”