Patriotism versus Nationalism

I wrote the following on Facebook on September 25. I’m copying it here just so I can more easily find it; to know where my mind was on that day.

Remember. This country was founded on principles of decency and honor. We’ve failed to achieve our objectives many times, but they’ve remained. Even in dark times, when “leaders” are ignorant and blind, the rest of us must remember our direction. We must remain true to the compass that guides us. Patriots love this country and rightfully call its failings into question just as they celebrate its greatness. Nationalists love themselves and do their best to paint themselves as patriots. They’re not patriots. They are narcissists whose only value is in attaching themselves to empty promises and false pride.

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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One Response to Patriotism versus Nationalism

  1. robin andrea says:

    I like considering the distinction and difference between patriot and nationalist. Thank you for this.

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