Do you consider yourself a patriot?


But I wonder if you consider yourself a patriot of your country? Yesterday I took part in one Internet discussion and came to the conclusion that I’d rather get a closer look at the "citizen of the world" characteristic. I am also not close to the rhetoric of retrogrades, who, under the guise of "patriotism", are guarding all sorts of anti-legal laws - they say, they used to live on them, there is nothing to change.
At the same time, I can partially call myself a patriot, if we consider patriotism as an awareness of responsibility for the future of my country. Everything is simple - I was born and raised in Belarus,traveled almost all major citiesI have been reading history books all my life and I know local realities well. I care about the future of my country and I can influence it (as opposed to the future, for example, of African countries), at least I will try to do it.
This kind of patriotism presupposes a utilitarian and rational approach, it can be compared with work at the dacha - you live here (at least you come for a long time) and want everything to be beautiful, not worse than that of wealthy neighbors.You will not tolerate weeds on your plot, simply because it is “spiritual” and you are not ashamed to throw away the old rotten fence, despite the fact that “it was built by our grandfathers”)
Do you consider yourself a patriot of your country? What is the meaning of this term?
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Photo: Vitaliy Holovin / Corbis, Ukrainian nationalist patriots on the march in Kiev.
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