The Flawed Patriot holds in high esteem everything to do with his country, and most importantly, its politics. He isn’t ignorant of everywhere else, and carries the burden of the occasional battle between global citizen movements, and those that serve the interest of his country alone. In an age where information lies at our fingertips, and we are dragged into global crisis, it is hard to remain a patriot, and yet, it is all too easy to be caught up in doing so.
Globally, lines are blurring. The segregation of people by nationality is something almost unnecessarily still intact. Everywhere, countries face the same phenomena that they all call out as an “issue” or “crisis”. The Flawed Patriot knows immigration is a threat to the welfare of his people, but he also sees, and understands why immigration isn’t completely the problem. The refugee crisis places the Flawed Patriot in a rather sticky situation. He struggles between caring for the world as a whole and making lives better for everyone; and holding in higher regard the people of his own country. After all, our governments serve our interests first (or theirs).
But when both of these interests overlap, and one seems to find itself in danger by the other, the Flawed Patriot wants to override his moral instinct, and prove his love for his country. But the Flawed Patriot knows all too well what his patriotism can do to others, who are notably less interested in global affairs. He knows it can be preyed on, and used as a political tool, and thats because he knows his history. He knows that you can’t claim to love your country, if your decision is one that boosts its ego, but ruins its economy. He is fighting himself, one half wanting to be independent, and beautifully growing as a country that’s inhibited by its neighbours but the other half knows they just don’t have that potential yet.
He wonders, as I do, as to why it is important to further divide the world, and remove themselves of a united front that has created a union envied by regions elsewhere. He wonders if this contributes to any peace at all. If respect earned is indeed more important than an ultimate union.
He sees it in society, in groups that well-intentionally strive to protect their rights, and defend themselves, but serve to enhance the very idea that they are indeed different. It is in highlighting our differences and enforcing them, and choosing to let them define us, losing our individuality in the categories society created. We despise them and defy them, but we do it collectively through them.
The irony isn’t lost, and the hurt we want to heal by our broken spirits is simply masked by creating fear.
We have to question ourselves, as voices of the generation that has thus aspired to be the most globally humanitarian, whether we are indeed finding ourselves creating more divisions, or whether we are working towards an equal stance, where human is human, and we shall not include further reasons to defend our histories.
When we blame a race for the deeds of their ancestors, when we constantly yell down the very people we claim are too privileged to be discriminated against, when we tell them they have not suffered enough to be considered an equal, then are we not creating distinctions ourselves?
If we treated each other as human beings, with respect for differences but without a need to constantly highlight them as defining characteristics of ourselves, we would find more equality.
There’s a load of bullshit about race, possibly hints towards Brexit, and some nationalistic pride. As a late afternoon post, I may soon find that I have not properly established certain ideas. But as I said, vagueness is part of my writing style, and I intend only to explore opinions that touch the surface of my mind. Feel free to hold discussion in the comments, I’m more than excited to elaborate this chain of thought, and perhaps change my stance.