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debate_power
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10/14/2014 12:10:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
It's strange to me that when some people are shown the obvious flaws with the ways the government of their nation (speaking in general) conducts itself, they still support it no matter what. How can you love an inanimate concept like a country so much that you'd die for it? And think about dying for it; are you really dying for it or are you dying for the ones that profit from the war? In the words of someone I know, whom I conversed with on the flaws and oppressive policies of the U.S. government towards foreigners:

"Whatever. I'm still going down with my country no matter what".

Please, share your thoughts.
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kasmic
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10/17/2014 2:44:22 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/14/2014 12:10:53 PM, debate_power wrote:
It's strange to me that when some people are shown the obvious flaws with the ways the government of their nation (speaking in general) conducts itself, they still support it no matter what. How can you love an inanimate concept like a country so much that you'd die for it? And think about dying for it; are you really dying for it or are you dying for the ones that profit from the war? In the words of someone I know, whom I conversed with on the flaws and oppressive policies of the U.S. government towards foreigners:

"Whatever. I'm still going down with my country no matter what".

Please, share your thoughts

I think people do this because it is part of their identity.

Identity: "the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others."(1)

Identity can be effective at binding a group of people that share a territory, language, culture, and/or customs. It can also tightly tie together groups of people that share economic, political, and/or religious history. While Identity binds a group together cohesively, it also often demonizes and alienates those who do not fit the identity.

The fact is many people identify with there country of birth, it is part of who they are. So while you might point out flaws of my country, it is still my country. I may be so attached that a negative comment about my country registers as a negative comment about me personally.

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10/17/2014 2:47:45 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
The above comment was not intended to make it sound like I personally am this way. Rather I was using myself as an example. I often find patriotism odd. That stated I do have other "groups" that I strongly identify with other than my nationality.
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