Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, is celebrating the U.S. Memorial Day holiday in this week’s Share Your World Prompt with a focus on patriotism. Here we go.
In your opinion, does patriotism require the belief that one’s country is the greatest on earth?
As a first generation American whose parents emigrated to the U.S. when they were young, I am very grateful to be an American. But I am not so naive or blind to believe that the U.S. is the greatest country on Earth, especially these days. Being a patriot means wanting the best for your country and its citizens, but it does not mean blindly believing that your country and those who are in charge can do no wrong.
Why is patriotism considered by some to be the highest of virtues? What is so important about love of country? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about humankind, or the planet as a whole, rather than a single country?
Honesty, integrity, having scruples, and being a genuinely good and thoughtful person are more important than deaf, dumb, and blind patriotism. So yes, we should be more concerned about humankind, and the planet as a whole, rather than a single country.
What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?
Every decision, small or large, has consequences, small or large. The hope is that we make sound decisions that will lead to positive consequences.
What is social justice?
According to Dictionary.com, “social justice is justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” Unfortunately, thanks to the Republicans and Trump, we are going through a period of almost unparalleled social injustice.
And one ‘easy’ one. What’s one body part you wouldn’t mind losing?
Easy. The only body part I wouldn’t mind losing is the only body part I ever lost: the tip of my penis when I was circumcised in the hospital as a newborn. They used to do that as a routine procedure back when I was born.