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Patriotism and fighting

30 August 2012, 11:31

Over the past few weeks, there have been a slew of stories from both sides of the stay / go fence.

We all know I made my decision, but I still read them, and there's something I've noticed.

Nearly EVERY person who is on the 'stay' side of the fence talks about staying and FIGHTING for South Africa.

Why?

Why should patriotism and national pride be about antagonism? Is that not where things are going wrong?

If you're fighting against people you share your country with, is everything really A OK then? Really?

I don't think it's worth living your life in an adversarial frame of mind. I don't think that's patriotism at all.

Patriotism is sharing a national identity - and having pride in it. It's not about making excuses about why your government fails over and over again.

I think you all need to re-examine your notions of patriotism. If you've got to FIGHT to be recognised as a part of your country, then are you any less of an 'outlander' than me?

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