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Patriotism is commonly defined as love of and/or devotion to one's country. The word comes from the Latin, patria, and Greek, patritha." However, "patriotism," or the love of one's country, has come to have different meanings over time. Thus, the meaning of patriotism can be highly dependent upon context, geography and philosophy.
Although used in certain vernaculars as a synonym for nationalism, nationalism is not considered an inherent part of patriotism. Among the ancient Greeks, patriotism consists of notions concerning language, religious traditions, ethics, law and devotion to the common good, rather than pure identification with a nation-state. Scholar J. Peter Euben writes that for the Greek philosopher Socrates, "patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be."
I'm starting this thread because It seems to me that patriotism is now just a way of excluding others, instigating prejudices, and creating unease.
There is no longer the idea of Patriotism being a way of bettering your country through support. Now it merely gives a set of people a team with which to side against another team.
In my eyes, the idea that you care more for the welfare of a person you don't know who lives in the same country as you, than you do for someone you don't know in another country is mind boggling.
It has been a long standing idea in Wales (where I am from) that Welsh should be learned and a sense of Welsh pride and patriotism should be instigated amongst people, when all I can see this as is a way to segregate the country away from others.
Last February This article was written about how it is now believed that children should be taught to question and think about the history and the politics of the country they live in, and not just blindly back whatever the country does.
I was hoping a discussion on what people believe patriotism is now, on what they think it should be, and if they think it is a positive/negative influence (and maybe it differs according to situation) and why.