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#41 Bad Wolf

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 06:55 PM

Lord Ravensburg, on Jul 28 2004, 01:40 AM, said:

Cyberhippie, on Jul 25 2004, 09:51 PM, said:

But none of you had any decision in the country you were born in.
I didn't have any hand in who my parents were either.  It doesn't mean that I love them any less for all the thousands of reasons that I do.
Excellent point.  OTOH there are many children who for whatever reason end up considering folk other than their biological parents to be their *true* parents and that's cool too.   :cool:

Thing is Gode, I don't think that lack of control over where one is born should necessarily dictate a person's level of patriotism.  It has to do with the degree of alignment between an individual and the principles sought to be implemented by a country.  I love Mexico.  I am not a patriot of Mexico.  I grieve for its hardships though.  I *am* a patriot of America because the principles upon which it is founded agree with me.  This is not to say that America comes anywhere close to perfection in the living of those principles.  Then again, America is made up of humans and perfection is not a human quality.

Just some thoughts.  :)

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