adventures, wanderings, and musings of an expat abroad...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Every Country is Patriotic
Born an American. Grew up an American. Lived most of my 20's in America. I understand that most Americans think it an American duty to be patriotic. But what a lot of Americans don't understand is that all countries are patriotic. Chinese are proud to be Chinese, striving to help their country be a world leader. Kenyans are proud to be Kenyan, happy in meager circumstances or grand, one of the first things you learn about a Kenyan is the tribe they come from. And Hungarians. After years of being occupied, dictated, ruled, Hungarians want to just be Hungary - ruled by their own people, for their own people. Proud of their heritage and their complicated language that no one else can seem to learn well, Hungarians are as patriotic as they come. I was reminded of this by a recent news article.
After living abroad for a few years now, I have come to appreciate patriotism in all its forms, in all its countries, by all its people. Americans, you're not the only ones who love their country. It's something we should all remember.