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I wouldn't call myself patriotic (to paraphrase the great Bill Hicks "my parents fucked there and that was it").
I do support Scotland at sporting events but the full "My country right or wrong" thing really freaks me out.
Its like religious extremism, except based on countries
Some confusion between patriotism and nationalism I feel.
When you get countries full of people who have no pride in their country you get....well, modern Britain.
When I went to Denmark there were Danish flags flying outside every second house yet as a people they were invariably wonderful friendly types with a better command of English than the overwhelming majority of Brits. Loving your country is fine, just so long as your pride doesn't manifest itself through the hatred of other countries.
same situation in Norway. Man alive, I've never seen so many flags than I did in Norway, those motherfuckers love their country. They even have a national day where EVERYONE floods the city with flags, having a good time, eating the hot dogs they're so obsessed with. I just wished so much that Britain could be like that. Everyone speaking English and at the same time it is racially diverse. Patriotism does not equal the hatred of other nations.
I have a photo somewhere.
i'd never seen so many flags as i did in copenhagen!
but it's different in what it means: it's a kind of "we're danish and we like denmark", which is wonderful.
it's just a shame that union-jack/st george's cross flying is associated with jingoism. and it's as much by those flying the flags as by folk looking at the flag-fliers. WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
although I think a lot of people (myself included) wouldn't really use the word 'patriotic' to describe themselves because of how it's been co-opted by the far right in our lexicon. But being happy about where you live/where you're from - that's excellent.