Patriotism is generally defined as feeling or expressing love, devotion or vigorous support of one’s country. What is it then…what emotional bond or tie makes a country worthy of our devotion and love? Is it because we were born there? It's where we now live?
And why are some people patriotic while others grumble and scoff at sentimental parades and anniversaries celebrating their country’s significant events?
Countries are filled with people. I believe caring about the people in your country makes you patriotic. I don’t think people die for their country. They die for the people they love and care about in their country. They die for hope...hope that their loved ones and the people in their country will continue to live in peace or live a better life.
Caring about the people who lived in the United States, who are living and who will live here is important to me. I care about the history of my country because history is about the people who came before me.
Being patriotic means supporting the people of my country which is why I volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Being for the people of my country doesn’t mean I’m against people of other countries. If I was born in Saigon, I’d be patriotic to Ho Chi Minh City. If I was born in Japan, I’d be patriotic towards Japan.
Patriotism isn’t about politics or religion. It's about doing what's morally, ethically responsible—helping others in your country. By doing so, you help your family and your country contribute to less strife and struggle among all the countries in the world.
Causes Jules Jacob Supports
CASA of Southwest Missouri, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, University of Missouri Master Gardeners, Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates Association...