Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In lieu of recent allegations that "the youth" of this country are unpatriotic, I would like to share this comic by Dustin Glick. It requires a bit of context; a Yankees fan was thrown out of Yankee stadium in the United States because he went to the restroom during the national anthem which, by the way, serves as a stopgap between innings.

Now the argument there is that this guy was insensitive to spirit of the anthem, and thus he was deemed as "unpatriotic". However, given that this was in a baseball stadium, in a country in which people are given the right to practice free speech in a manner greater than ours, it was within his rights as a citizen to use the facilities at said time.

Now, while of course we live in Malaysia and not the USA, our leaders would probably tell us that for us it's a matter of pride. If we don't wear our flags, stick them on our cars, or sing the national anthem before bedtime, or meals, we aren't patriotic. Don't you remember the fiasco over why Barack Obama refused to wear his flag lapel pin? He already proved that it wasn't even a valid issue; for God's sake he is running for president! How patriotic does a guy have to be to want to serve his country?

This is why I feel that this whole business is irrelevant. It's fine if you want to wear a flag pin or emblazon your front door with the national colors. If the Jalur Gemilang was hung out in front of everyone's houses because they genuinely wanted to fly the flag, it would damn near give a warm fuzzy feeling inside. But you shouldn't measure a person's patriotism by whether he flies the flag on independence day.

Patriotism is the notion in which a person feels duty bound to serve the country in which he calls home and commits himself to the betterment of his society. It is the love for the land on which you raise your children and the need to protect it from harm or transgression. If you want to impose on your people to wear the flag or stick it somewhere, you're not achieving anything, and complaining about it serves little to no purpose. So give it a rest, already, and leave me the hell out of it.

1 comment:

AbDdU! said...

hmmmm .... from ur definition of "patriotism" ... i dont have place in any "patriotic" environment ...

****Patriotism is ||the notion in which a person feels duty bound to serve the country in which he calls home and commits himself to the betterment of his society||****

(isn't this what all of us humans do be it the country we carry it's passport or not?? like my case ... i do what is good to Malaysia as long as im living here ... so? i mean "patriotism" is a stupid notion from the first place to get us glued to some not-so-good political parties needing to suck in more money ).


****It is the love for the land on which you raise your children and the need to protect it from harm or transgression.*****

dont 'transgress' so you wont be transgressed ... help those who are transgressed ... its unjust to transgress ... this should be our philosophy ... right? so it hasn't that much politics in it ... its common sense based on "justice"

If you want to impose on your people to wear the flag or stick it somewhere, you're not achieving anything, and complaining about it serves little to no purpose. So give it a rest, already, and leave me the hell out of it.


i agree ... but i feel we dont need the feeling from the first place ... the world is already connected to a limit that wherever we go .. we can feel home ... i feel KL is my hometown coz i lived here long enough for that feeling to grow ... people are fooled by this nationalistic feeling IMHO ... so its useless ...

just live a good and beneficial life wherever you go ... is simple enough for all brains to absorb ...


politics are killing us ...