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Defining Patriotism

Three thousand years ago, as they marched out of the city, headed for war, the Spartans would halt to salute the gods. The soldiers weren't sure if they would ever be back to the City again, but they felt good in knowing that the city-state they risked their life for, would be watched over by the Gods. They believed that the very motive that they were combating for was in harmony with divine will. This principle was one of the early manifestations of what would we now deem patriotism. The dictionary defines Patriotism as: "love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it." Writer Samuel Johnson had a different definition when he said that, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." George Orwell described in "Politics and the English Language" that patriotism is a meaningless word. Meaning that there is no agreed upon definition. As you can see over time what we deem as patriotism has evolved.

Patriotism isn't something that cannot be touched or seen it's more of a feeling, that can't be defined.

America has always been known as the melting pot. We have diversity and culture that you can't find anywhere else in the world, which is why we believe that we need something strong to bring us together to support and motivate us. That is why we look to patriotism. Virtually the whole nation witnessed both heroism and patriotism on September eleventh. We saw it in the firefighters and others eyes as they carried bodies from the burning building and witnessed their fellow companions die right before them. What they sacrificed drove overwhelming, sometimes astounding thoughts of patriotism in many Americans. The nation has been greatly affected by patriotism. For example, Americans show compassion for their leaders and their country that we...