But let's just pause for a second, and say that my values weren't a result of having logically deduced truths. Let patrioticbehavior = singing national anthems . walking in crowds . raising flags . dressing up . joining parades where patrioticbehavior + conformistAttitudesInGeneral + optimisticOutlook +2kids +dog = HighProbabilityOfGroupBonding
Now, I can think of numerous reasons why group bonding is beneficial. It is a general fact that living in solitude increases risk of depression, heart attacks and suicide, and lowers the chances of getting laid, and there are a multitude of studies linking lotsa sexual intercourse to better health. Being with people improves your life in all of these aspects. Just doing stuff improves life, and creates memories/content, whether it is St.Patrick's day, or some other national day where you go out and have fun.
Then let's not forget the "keep threats out- perspective." In some countries, women are stoned to death, for being raped. They aren't allowed to drive cars. Imagine if such values would gain entry in our western world. As if the car manufacturers weren't outsourcing enuff already!! And could you imagine driving your kids to leisure activities and school and stuff yourself, when your wife could do it for you?
Both the gluing people together, and kicking a-holes out of groups, are solid, rational reasons for being more patriotic.
Still, I can't help but being very anti-patriotic, and I didn't have much wish to associate with fellow countrymen when I studied abroad. As a matter of fact, I would enjoy taking a dump on "my" flag, just to reinforce that feeling of being an outsider. So are we dealing with a case of CPU breakdown, or are we talking bout different OS flavors separating us? What about you? What do you like most about being patriotic/unpatriotic?
This post has been edited by monkeyC: 14 July 2010 - 06:52 PM