Monday, June 15, 2009

Patriotism ?

Patriotism isn't part of my vocabulary. You know, there are words that have a certain color because they resemble you, some haven't.

I don't know what patriotism is because I never felt that feeling. Never.

I was amazed to see so many American flags in front of people's houses when I went to the US. I understood that the expression of a strong feeling towards ones country has something to do with the sense of community, the need to feel related to something bigger than ourselves, a territory inside which we can feel secure.
I guess it's the secret reason of patriotism, what hides this pride. And I understand it even more when I think of how new and powerful America is compared to old European countries. Belonging to a nation like this one certainly helps feeling stronger and most of all it makes people feel reassured about their identity.
It seems to define them.

But my country is what less defines me. Frontiers are decided by governments. Values and culture are created by people, carried with them wherever they go. That's what I'm inspired by, visions of life. That is beyond any borders, any land.

I don't know about patriotism but I believe in humanism.


  1. I really enjoy your posts. I admire your morals and wish with all my heart that people begin to open their eyes to them, they are very important.

  2. Thank you so much for this comment. It's encouraging to read comments like this one. Makes me want to write better posts each time if people like you read them.

    Again, thank you.

  3. Patriotism is most important to a great many of us in the states. I love America, always have, always will. That is the beauty of life, you quickly realize what things are most important in life and you quickly identify with that, embracing it with your very being. I am blessed to live in a phenomenal country, but then again so are you. Love your posts and especially your honesty, that is why I followed you! Continue on and keep the honesty about youself, it is most refreshing! From one American to a lovely Parisian, it's lovely to meet you. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing this Kimmy and contributing to this post !
    I really appreciate it and thank you for the nice things you're saying about my blog.