Patriotism - The new fad

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-10-07 18:36 More than two hundred years ago, the English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson termed patriotism the "last refuge of a scoundrel". Another English novelist Aldous Huxley had this to say about patriots and patriotism: “One of the great attractions of patriotism — it fulfils our worst wishes, we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat — what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous!”  In India and elsewhere, people on social media and TV networks have suddenly rediscovered patriotism. These social media patriots are intolerant to any questioning or a semblance of questioning because, as the British philosopher Bertrand Russell said, these are "patriots who always talk of dying for their country”.   These social media patriots follow the golden rules of disinformation: •    Become incredulous and indignant •    Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule •    Question motives •    Alice in wonderland logic •    Emotionalise, antagonise opponents •    Silence critics •    Vanish It is rather surprising that we have so many patriots among our non-resident Indians, who have moved to greener pastures. A majority of them have become citizens or permanent residents in their country of choice. It is only logical that these NRI patriots should be, by their own logic, patriots to their country of permanent residence or citizenship.  Would it then be wrong, on the part of the locals there, calling these non-resident Indians traitors for having divided loyalties? This new fad of patriotism, which is engulfing our educated class, is a danger; the only victim is the ‘truth’. As John F. Kennedy said, “The great envy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” Patriotism, in its true form, should follow the simple logic laid out by US politician Ron Paul. "The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility and out of self interest for himself, his family and the future of his country, to resist government abuse of power, he rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state!”