Losing patriotism?

1 year, 10 months ago

Well, I am. I mean, I forever will be English – I love tea, castles, pubs, and scones. But somehow I’m not in love with this place anymore. I look around me and see people swearing at each other in the street, teenagers with kids (hell, my old school now has a crèche for this sort of thing), lack of respect for our elders, for our kids and their educations, complete disrespect for the environment (which makes me wonder why I am attempting to look after it when so many don’t give a crap), lack of empathy, gratitude, love…. on it goes. This is England.
And I know this sort of thing goes on everywhere, but here there’s hardly anywhere to escape to – people are everywhere! Crammed in like sardines. Which probably causes most of these problems in the first place.
I think it’s a case of distaste from within, and fondness from abroad. Anyone else feel like this? I’m worried that I’m just losing it…

12.30.2012 at 2:01 am

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Profile photo of Morgan Cole Morgan Cole (@morgancole95) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

I have never felt like an “American.” I live in the place which the government has deemed America, but I am a human. I am, in a basic sense, the same as everyone else on the planet. I don’t know why we should be expected to narrow our horizon as far as the boundaries set by men. Whether or not you are a religious person, you cannot claim that this world or any other was created by men. Why should they get to define to which part of this world I belong. I have no connection to my high school, my college, my state, country or planet. I am me, and I belong to God and myself. Those are the only two people who get to say where I belong and where my allegiance will lie. Basically, when I look out my window, the only place I am concerned with is as far as I can see right at that moment. I think that’s how it should be. Everybody taking care of themselves first and then seeing if their neighbor needs any help. All of this political garbage has tainted the world since the first government was established and I won’t have any part of it.

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Profile photo of Learn&Love Learn&Love (@awildkyle) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

You’re not losing it. You are right in that this is going on all over the world, people are becoming progressively rude and disrespectful. I don’t think the idea of “escape” is something to ponder though because people are everywhere and rather than dwell on those who don’t sit well with us we ought to embrace those who make us happy and have a positive attitude.

I wouldn’t worry about losing your patriotism, it isn’t necessarily the country’s fault that the youngins are being brats. When Bruce Lee was asked if he thought of himself as Chinese or American he said, “I think of myself as a human being.” Remember first and foremost you are a child of the earth.

Don’t let other peoples’ blatant disregard for the environment or fellow man hold you down. No matter how many people don’t give a crap you should take pride in practicing what you know to be right. There are many of us out there who do genuinely care about the world and the people in it. Stay Strong.

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Profile photo of ChloeLou ChloeLou (@chloelou) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

You’re right, of course, but escaping is constantly on my mind. I have escaped once before, and it was amazing. I noticed differences in the people, and if I saw or heard things that I didn’t like, I could run away into the wilderness, perhaps never to see another human for miles. This is what the uk has lost. I just feel like it is overcrowded with morons. Just this Christmas, you couldn’t go anywhere without feeling it. The season of goodwill? Not here! Public displays of inaffection wherever you looked.
I’m sure I’m just being cynical, and should give people the benefit of the doubt, but I suppose there’s a reason I don’t when I see all this mayhem going on around me…

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Profile photo of Filip Filip (@filipek) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

@chloelou, I am a man from this world, the world is my home, I rather not discriminate between different nationalities. I mean, my blood is red, and so is yours, as every other human being. Who cares which nationality you have? It would make the world a better place if more people would think like this.

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Profile photo of Nature Nature (@stefan) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

@chloelou, Patriotism was taught to you by society. You only feel you have to love your country (which in reality is just a concept) because you’ve been told to love your country.
Realize patriotism is just an idea. It’s fake. There is no realness to it. Forget about it completely as it does not serve you.

I actually find it funny seeing people attached to their countries these days… It’s just a fantasy.

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Profile photo of Nature Nature (@stefan) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

We might have as well started categorizing people by the length of their eyebrows and call the 10cm ones xortox and the 12cm ones lobilos and teach them how to love their category and that one is better than the other. Just a silly little example. It’s only an idea and nothing more.

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Profile photo of Learn&Love Learn&Love (@awildkyle) 1 year, 10 months ago ago

@chloelou, Most of what you have been describing is happening elsewhere in the world, but not everywhere. I’m sure lots of less developed countries don’t have the greed and corruption ours do, and in rural places it is much more common to find kids who respect adults and there is a greater sense of community. I have a friend who use to live in hawaii and she says that the environment there is totally different from the rest of our country. People there are much more kind and caring, you can talk to random dudes on the street and they’re generally very friendly, it’s not all stranger danger like it is in most places. Vacations are nice, and you might even consider moving to a less populated area someday, but for the time being all you can really do is turn the other cheek and not let things get you down. Stop focusing on “escaping” and instead try to just mold your reality by looking on the bright side of things. For every angry shopper you saw I’ll bet there was also someone holding the door open for another person. When I occasionally got annoyed by people in stores this month I reminded myself that they were probably shopping for someone else and not themselves; which if you ask me is a nice change from the rest of the year. Anyways, keep your chin up

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