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  1. Patriots are not those “screamers” and cockerels who at every corner undividedly exclaim about their love for the Motherland and hate “stupid Americans” /Jews/French, etc. �
    Do not put idolatry disguised as patriotism with true patriotism.
    This concept in its essence does not in any way “discriminate” against anyone. Its essence is love for the native land, manifested in caring for it. Hatred of a foreign culture is excluded.
    And, here's the strange thing, why in our country they ask such a question, and in others-it hardly arises. Why does love for our culture mean immediately “oppressing others”?
    Have arrived.

  2. “Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.” For me, I share the concepts of “patriotism” and “love for my country”, despite the fact that they are literally the same thing. Patriotism is an external, purely symbolic feeling of false love and pride, often imposed by the state. This so-called “love” is not deep, blind and formal. It is from this feeling that discrimination, chauvinism, nationalism, etc. are born. As noted above, it is beneficial for the state that patriotism is considered a positive quality, and it is considered such in society. In modern Russian society (and not only in it), a person who does not call himself a patriot is an outcast. I prefer the phrase “I love my country” when referring to myself (meaning love for its culture, for the native land where I was born, for people who are close to me in spirit, etc.).

  3. It just so happens that patriotism is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the strategy of behavior of jingoism (or ostentatious patriotism) is very beneficial to the state, since it forms a loyal and easily controlled human mass that will march enthusiastically on its own initiative, protecting the interests of those very elites as cannon fodder. Convenient, you'll agree. Under beautiful slogans and not such things can be done, so it is not customary to criticize patriotism in Russia. We didn't have any problems with self-criticism at all.

    On the other hand, “love for the father's coffins” has little to do with discrimination against anyone, because the true, deep essence of patriotism (which they prefer to keep silent about) is indifference: to diseases, to the dark sides of society, to everything that is easier to get out of sight with fanfare and drum roll. This true, lively and caring patriotism is called the “fifth column” and has nothing to do with any form of discrimination. On the contrary, patriots who feel pain for their native country and do not want to march into the ruinous pit are called traitors. We also went through this story, including in history classes, but the textbooks have been rewritten several times since then.

    So, we see that the term “patriotism” has more than one interpretation and can be perceived, to put it mildly, ambiguously. Therefore, everything is very difficult with this word.

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