Tuesday, July 7, 2009

You and Your World: Patriotism








Since we recently had a picnic celebration in honor of a patriotic holiday, let's talk about the concept of patriotism.

What country are you from and how do you feel about your country? What do you like best? If you're fighting for regime change, what will you do differently?

Let's all talk about our homelands today! Characters only, please.

35 comments:

Kalila said...

I've seen human nations come and go. I'm surprised humans even bother with patriotism, since they can't keep a consistent story of what they're being loyal to.

Ricky said...

That's not completely fair, Kalila. A lot of countries have been around a long time. Longer than human lifetimes, at least.

Kalila said...

That must be the problem, then. Humans don't live long enough.

DESTINY said...

I, Destiny, am loyal toward the concept of Destiny.

As should all humans. It's the only true leader in each person's lifetime.

It is their Destiny.

Flower said...

I'm a citizen of the United Kingdom which makes me British.
I'm English because I was born in North London but I live in Scotland. My Dad was from Ffestiniog in North Wales. My Great Uncle Will is from Westport, County Mayo in Ireland (Eire not Northern Ireland.
It's tricky.

Kalila said...

I understand your dilemma, Flower. I was born in a country that no longer exists. I'm lucky that as a djinn, the whole world is my country and I'll defend it, if need be.

Aidan said...

We were born in Canada but our mom took us to the US at two to get us away from Sentinel, and that's where I lived (in Colorado) until I went to Cambridge (that's UK). My passport says I'm a British Citizen--the legal one, at least. My accent is American, but my family descends from demons who settled Britain almost 1000 years ago, so I guess I'm kind of British. We would have lived there if it had been safe enough.

But really, Sentinel is a landless political state and I swore my loyalty to it, and I guess I am one of the leaders, so I guess I'm a ranger first.

Aidan said...

I have five passports that would pass top level scrutiny, so I don't claim a country. I don't have an American accent anymore.

Aidan said...

Yeah, it's weird, because Kaelin doesn't sound like me any more. He has three languages, holds his cigarette like a European, and has spent a lot more time in Europe and England than me. He gets to go undercover a lot.

He thinks in French most of the time.

Kaelin said...

Sorry, that middle one was me. Aidan is playing tricks with telepathy again.

Marc said...

Yeah, think what he'll be able to do after a few years. He'll turn you into a marionette, Kaelin, make you dance and sing. That'd be a sight.

Kaelin said...

Sorry! I didn't mean... dang it. Sorry.

I don't have a lot of control over my telepathy yet. Or whatever my ability to move stuff is called.

Aidan said...

See what I did there, Kae? I used your name. So now we're even.

Kaelin said...

Great. So now somebody thinks I'm you. Awesome.

Marc said...

Go on, OUT! Go for a run, the two of you, before Jason beats you. He'll be up soon and in a bad mood when he is. Things are brewing...

Sorry for all the horseplay this morning, everyone!

Aidan said...

Hey! I didn't even know I could make people do stuff until like two weeks ago! It's not my fault... why are you shooing us with that broom, Marc? Kaelin looks like he wants to ram it up your...

Okay, I'm going, I'm going. Sheesh.

Back later...

shy said...

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."

~Abraham Lincoln

The15YearOldNaive said...

"I'd like to see a land of trust and secure. Where we would lock hands through every battles instead of snapping hands away from our own differences. I'd like to see 'WE' than 'I' "

-South Korea

:)

Bo said...

I can't be a proud citizen of any country that requires everyone to wear clothes.

Ricky said...

Don't you think your attitude is a little shallow, Bo?

Bo said...

Not really. It's all about priorities.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I live in America. In Los Angeles.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

I'm a patriot of the world!

Ricky said...

I have ancestors who fought in every major war the United States has been in. I think we have a pretty cool Constitution, even though I don't always like the actual people running for office.

I learned a lot about how the Constitution was developed when I read the Federalist Papers in college. I wrote a paper about Federalist #10.

Kalila said...

That sounds very boring, Ricky.

An American said...

I'm an American.

Anonymous said...

I am from a country that cannot be named (without my author's permission, which I do not have).

In my country, you cannot vote until you have a solid and unique identity.
At least three and up to thirty people must agree.
At least three and up to a thousand may disagree.

(We agree to disagree.)

It may NOT be a popularity contest.

Those who believe in your identity or disagree with it MUST force their theses.

But it works very well to keep hanger ons and following types from voting.

Nevin said...

I would like to vote for Teddy Roosevelt again. I conjured paperwork so I could vote for him in 1912, even though fairies can't be United States citizens and I was born in what is now called the UK.

I don't think it was very nice that Teddy Roosevelt liked to hunt animals, but he established a very nice public parks system and I thought it was important to show that I supported him.

Anonymous said...

Fairies can be US citizens, Nevin.

Oh, wait. You mean the magical kind of fairy that lives in the forest. Never mind.

Anonymous said...

Better to live in MY country.

(the country of word verification:
unitess)

Goran Njiric said...

Ah, patriotism, a useless emotion in space unless you're a Martian Royalist, Martian Syndicate member, or some Earth-based group. Up here, there aren't any nations. We have stations, but we're all pretty well aware that we're just refueling depots for the most part. The FGSS doesn't let us get ideas about independence for the most part. Mass drivers getting pointed at you from every corner of the system can be a bit of a problem there.

Becke Davis said...

I'm into genealogy, so I thought of my ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars over this Independence Day. Putting a personal face on these holidays makes them come to life in a whole new way.

Ricky said...

My author says I have an ancestor who fought with one of the Maine regiments in the Civil War and died at Andersonville prison as a POW.

My author gets odd ideas, though, so she can't always be trusted.

Kalila said...

Leaders, nations, and patriotism have been no fun at all since Iksander (called Alexander the Great by some of you) died. Everyone since then has been an imposter.

Mira said...

Hey, Becke - what a nice surprise to see you here!

Welcome. It's been fun chatting with you at Bookends. :-)