Why do you love your country?
Posted Thu Jan 05, 2012 01:53 AM
Plain and simple...
Just say why you love your country?
I Love my country because it is my birth-land.
Posted Thu Jan 05, 2012 02:21 AM
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Posted Thu Jan 05, 2012 04:19 AM
I love my job. I love my sallary. I love my house. I love some of our theaters.
I love the fact it is pretty central. I love it is multilingual. I love the Queen
Elisabeth Competition (mainly the violin one).
I love a few laws: legal abortion, legal homosexual marriage...
I love I don't have to be here for a good chunk of the year.
Posted Thu Jan 05, 2012 06:47 AM
I don't like the distance with most of the countries, it's difficult to get to met some of you
Posted Thu Jan 05, 2012 07:07 AM
Posted Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:37 AM
(Watch, when Sarah Brady sees that, she's going to prematurely birth the anti-christ)
Anyway, jokes aside (in answer to all the questions following, yes I own those, the top one is a Bren Mk.1M, the bottom one is an RPK74, both are in firing condition, both are legal, and the only thing either one has ever killed was a copperhead snake that decided to nest in my backyard), I love this country because... well... because I know what my grandfather went through to get here. He was a soldier in the Wehrmacht during WWII, and came over after the war, and they accepted him with open arms.
Even though he fought against America (and an American bomber blew his home to pieces, killed his family, and left him alone in the world until he met a woman working at a textile mill and married her), they gave him a second chance, so even though I proudly salute my German heritage, I'm an American to the core.
Posted Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:57 AM
Posted Fri Jan 06, 2012 02:15 AM
It's alright, I often giggle at the irony of having a Bren when my grandfather was a proud soldier of Das Dritte Reich.
Actually, what really needed to be there was this:
An MG81z (think: 2 MG42s, each with the rate of fire ramped up to 1800 rounds per minute, grafted onto the same fire control group, so they're firing in synchronous, essentially making a firearm that fires 3600 rounds per minute. Registered examples go for somewhere around $50,000-$75,000 on the market right now), which is what my grandfather was using to defend a field hospital from what he thought were Russian tanks (they were British Cromwells which... really don't look a single damn thing like Russian T34s, but I guess when you're full of adrenaline, and fighting through the blood seeping into your eyes along with a huge amount of smoke all around you, all tanks look kinda the same. Which... really doesn't explain why he was using a machinegun, which had less than 0 effect on the tanks) when he was finally captured after running out of ammo and surrendering (while trying with his best broken English to explain that the Brits were attacking a hospital... which ended up with him telling a very confused British tank commander that "no shoot! Him am storming up a brothel!" while gesturing wildly at a medic who was walking out with his hands above his head), brought back as a POW, and then discharged at the end of the war to find his home in Marburg completely leveled.
They only ever found the bodies of his mother and sister, with the rest (his father, 2 sisters, and a 4 year old brother) presumed incinerated. His younger brother (15 at the time) was killed with the 6th Army in Stalingrad while trying to effect a breakthrough to evacuate the remaining members of his platoon, and his older brother (22, and considered an old man as soldiers went) was killed by a sniper near Pegasus Bridge in Holland while trying to pull his friend out of a burning armored car that had taken a round from a British AT gun (or possibly a PIAT).
Opa August really had nothing left when he came to America, and yet they took him in, so for that reason I will never stand behind another flag. Even though I hate our government most of the time, and I think about 80% of Congress should be charged with treasonous incompetence, I always stand behind the country itself.
Posted Fri Jan 06, 2012 04:21 AM
Posted Fri Jan 13, 2012 08:59 PM
I agree. I don't feel my life is what I'm allowed to do, but what I can do; the choice that I have shaped what I have become.
We become aware of our world in increments - from the womb to the crib, to the room and then the house; from the school and the neighborhood to the city, then the county, state and region, till finally we understand what it is to belong to this country, the East or West, to this planet. We watch and read and listen, and our world expands. This is how we learn from those around us, to get a perspective of how we belong - and to discern whether we accept their views, or if we must fashion our own.
When I was younger, I strove to push the envelope, which angered some people. I dated white and other non-black women because I could (well, not only - I enjoyed it). I went into music, not into other safer, more profitable fields like teaching, law, medicine and the like, because I could ( well, not only - I enjoyed it, and I was good). And I was outspoken on race, sex, politics and music, speaking my mind, because I could (well, not only - I enjoyed it, and I learned from stating my views, and even changed some of them through discussion).
And I still do. Because I can.
If there is a reason to love the country we are in, it may be because we can be ourselves, perhaps more than any other place. That, to my mind, is the only reason. I will enjoy its rights, riches, resources and privileges, and accept the responsibilities its citizenship demands. I will criticize its inability to uphold the ideals it was founded upon, which is both my right and responsibility. When the nation I live in refuses to evolve and adjust to the needs of its people, I will relocate to another place, like the founders of this country did.
I will not accept the way things are merely because it's the way things are. Everyone's ideal relationship with their country is "love it and enjoy it." At times we need to choose: "love it or change it". But if ever the choice is to "love it or leave it",
Posted Sat Jan 14, 2012 05:00 AM
Although it is currently in a state of being lead by people that are on downers but still with their minds in outer space.
Posted Sun Jan 15, 2012 07:10 AM
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Posted Sun Jan 15, 2012 02:24 PM
Same, don't have any particular problem with the country I live in, but I wouldn't call it "my" country or say I love it exactly.