Patriotism, an Introduction
April 21, 2007 5 Comments
Patriotism – Love for or Devotion to one’s country
(Source: Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary)
Wanted to start a series on “Patriotism” for no particular reason. Well, the word has been employed by people on opposite sides of ‘patriotic issues’ such as the “War on Terror”.
Some say it’s bad to be patriotic because it leads to oppression others say that not being patriotic is seditious. Of course the definition and thus application of the word depends on which side of the issue you ask, this being a post-modern world and all.
Recently, I finished reading CS Lewis’ “The Four Loves” and he gives his perspective on “Patriotism”. Having fought for his country in World War I, he might know a thing or to about patriotism (at least based on the dictionary’s definition).
He defines it as “the love for one’s country” and wisely points out that “this love becomes a demon when it becomes a god.” Very true indeed, I will in the subsequent posts lay out the Don’s view on this now contentious word.