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▀leu



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For many Americans, patriotism is the recognition that America is the greatest country on Earth, with military and economic strength second to none. The United States is the world's last remaining super power--for a reason, many will note--and that America alone has prevailed is proof-positive of its superiority.

So, what's so great about Switzerland? The Swiss might enjoy quality chocolate and be able to enjoy a good living, but let's face it: their neutrality makes them a joke. What about France? They wimped out during World War 2 and they wimped out on the war on terror. All the beauty of Paris couldn't mask their inadequacies. Or how about a country like Mexico, dirt-poor and corrupt? What do they have to be proud of?

And yet, Switzerland, France, and Mexico are full of patriots; people who love their countries even if they're not the strongest or richest. Mexicans in particular strangely retain their patriotism even after experiencing life in the United States, as their red, white, and green flags continue to replace red, white, and blue ones at a somewhat alarming rate.

Patriotism has nothing to do with "Who's Best?" but simply "Who?" Who are Americans? Or Mexicans? Or the French or Swiss? There are many factors: a particular people with particular traditions, a sense of rootedness, a shared history and shared ancestors, and an identity distinct from others. This sense of shared community is what defines a people, gives them a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves, and induces patriotic sentiment. Whether or not they can kick other people's butt has nothing to do with it.

The raiding progression and PvP prowess that players in this game often mistake for guild patriotism has long clouded their better judgment. Many players admire their guild for being skilled or progressed, and not for being the guild to which they feel they truly belong. For them, their guild has to be the most impressive on the server in order to be worthy of their devotion. This is contrary to the truth behind real human relationships. For example, a man does not love his mother because she is the best mother, but because she is his mother. She belongs to him and is a part of him whether she is an angel or a raging alcoholic.

The same is true of guilds, as it is with nations. G.K. Chesterson once observed that Rudyard Kipling, the great poet of British imperialism, suffered from a "lack of patriotism." He explained, "He admires England, but he does not love her; for we admire things with reasons, but love them without reasons. He admires England because she is strong, not because she is English."

Patriotism, in a nutshell, is a love of one's own; a fact that could be proven in the typical letter a soldier might write home. Soldiers never write letters to applaud the military strategies of their leaders, or even the continuing success of their own country, but to tell their families they love them. Whether the war they are fighting is just or unjust has little to do with the reason they fight, as any soldier's mother or father, wife, husband, or child understands. The solider fights for them, without question.

And while no one questions that progression, gear, and recognition are all worth hearty pursuit as they are undeniably the end-all-be-all of tangible gain in-game, it seems that only a shrinking few of us would seek to answer the question that weighs on the hearts of our guild mates by telling them, in no uncertain terms, that they really are what makes this game worth playing. And that we love them. <3
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You're my boy BLEU!

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/agree
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That was simply awesome.  Thank you ▀leu.

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Falaina



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While the message may be uplifting, the delivery is rather rude. Well, the first couple paragraphs at least. There's no reason to talk shit about other countries like that. It makes you sound like a xenophobic redneck. :)
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▀leu



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Falaina wrote:
While the message may be uplifting, the delivery is rather rude. Well, the first couple paragraphs at least. There's no reason to talk shit about other countries like that. It makes you sound like a xenophobic redneck. Smile


Normally I'd be offended if it weren't being said by an elitist windbag, but thanks for your time. =)
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Falaina



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Hey, I'm not elitist!
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Falaina wrote:
While the message may be uplifting, the delivery is rather rude. Well, the first couple paragraphs at least. There's no reason to talk shit about other countries like that. It makes you sound like a xenophobic redneck. Smile


Although generalizations, no doubt, I don't think anything about it is too rude or too far from the "generalized" perspective of most people.

ie.  The Complete Military History of France

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/france.html


Seriously, the French even dislike them more than Americans do...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269139,00.html

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Falaina



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Whether truth or mere opinion, I don't care. That's none of my business. It was still rude.


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