Webster defines Patriotism as follows:
Patriotism (pa-tri-ot-ism) noun: Love for, or devotion, to one's country.
Hardly the most extensive description, but accurate nonetheless. I am proud to say that I am a patriot, and I know that I am far from alone here on GWRS. Personally I would say that Patriotism is one of the greatest feelings in the world, and I think that there are a few of you that would agree to this.
But there is a fine line between Patriotism and Nationalism. A dangerously fine line. For where Patriotism is love for one's country and nation, Nationalism is basically the same thing, but also the belief that all other countries is inferior. This, per se, is not wrong. As long as you keep it to yourself. In a internet discussion, Nationalism feeds the flame wars better than napalm... And I will have none of that in this thread!
I wanted to start this thread (or topic..? ) to get the opportunity to experience the patriotism of other, as well as show my own. But to avoid the above mentioned flame war everyone should understand the following:
- This thread is not about who's country is better/best, this is about those of us who love our country.
- We do not talk shit about other opinion, only silently accept them as a different opinion than our own.
- We post reasons why we love our nation, not reasons why our nation is "the best fucking country in the world".
- Feel free to discuss, debate, ask questions and joke around. But do it without stepping on someones toes.
Chaos Gods willing, this will save this thread from igniting, at least for a short while...
To start things of I thought all interested could post five reasons why you love your country.
And as always, as the thread/topic starter, I get the privilege of going first!