Friday, September 9, 2011
It will. Every person who is a American citizen should love this country and the things it stands for. They should loudly say that they are a proud American. Too many people today are just assuming that by living here, they are being patriotic as they should be. This is just not enough. I'm not saying to go out to an open field and scream it at the top of your lungs (although, maybe that would get something started!). I'm saying that we need to show the other nations in the world that we are America. There is so much more to those words than, I think, anyone can fully realize.
The word "patriotism" means devoted love, support, and defense of one's country. "Patriot" means a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion. Notice that in both descriptions, the word devotion is key. We must be devoted to this country in order to call ourselves proud, patriotic Americans. I think that we as a nation are, sadly, losing sight of this goal. The goal to keep patriotism going strong and teach it to the generations to come. Without patriotism, America is nothing more than another place on the map. The reason that we are what we are today is because of faith, hard work, and patriotic hearts.
Most people who want to rebuild this nation, give the economy a "jolt" (to quote President Obama), recognize that we need the first two. The third is something commonly overlooked. If we are just taking care of America for the sake of doing it, nothing will truly change. It takes hearts and minds fully devoted to this country in order to make a difference.
Anyone can truly make a difference and influence others if they are willing to take that responsibility. The word influence is taken from the Latin word, influenza, which is what we call the flu. Just as the flu spreads quickly from person to person, your influence on someone will cause them to influence someone else, causing a chain reaction. Everyone has influence on someone. Right now, we need more influences for loving this country. America is the greatest nation on earth. We are the only true free nation in the modern world. Most nations have to have walls and fences to keep people in; we have to have them to keep people out! There are that many people longing for the opportunity to live in a free nation. Too many of the people who do live here take that for granted, or do not recognize how special that privilege truly is.
This weekend would be a perfect opportunity to start this. The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks are a time that every American will be united together once again. All we would have to do is continue it through the weekend and pass it on to others.