Patriotism – An outdated, tribal relic – the last refuge of a scoundrel.

There are lot of good things and a lot of bad things in our culture and history. I think we have to work to make things better.

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Patriotism – An outdated, tribal relic – the last refuge of a scoundrel.

 

It was Samuel Johnson back in 1775 who stated that patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel. I agree with him.

I am British but I do not see that as something that defines me. I have more in common, as I see every day on my blog, with people all over the world than I do with most of the people in my own country.

Above all I am a compassionate human being. I side with likeminded people who respect nature and other people, who are tolerant, forward looking, thoughtful, caring, creative, humane and take responsibility for their actions. I side against people who are cruel, narrow-minded, elitist, callous, selfish, shallow and destructive.

I am proud of many things in my culture that have come from the history of my country. I am proud…

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5 thoughts on “Patriotism – An outdated, tribal relic – the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    1. I’m patriotic for all life and people on my planet Jennie. I think all people are equally important. Countries are artificial constructs aren’t they?
      But I would stand for the values that are worthy.

      1. Opher – There’s a back-peddle if ever there was one!
        Patriotism – an adjective: having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.
        That means country Opher, and not life and people. You are attributing the wrong word to the wrong subject matter.

  1. Opher – Oh for goodness sake. You have taken Johnson’s expression completely out of context. You have seemingly no idea at all of how much you have distorted into an unrecognisable and hideous misrepresentation of Johnson’s original statement.
    Go back and learn of the origins of the text and stop looking like the semi-educated.

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