Henry James and Patriotism

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Patriotism is defined as the devoted love, support, and defense of one's country. To me, patriotism means representing your country proudly and caring for the well being of your people while also respecting other nationalities. Patriotism means something different to everyone, it may mean serving in the Armed Forces to protect one's country or it may just mean displaying an American flag in front of one's house. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt "True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will...".

Patriotism means many other things to me then caring for my people and respecting everyone no matter where they are from. Patriotism means to me being proud of where you are from, celebrating national holidays, displaying the American flag, obeying the law, voting, not littering, utilizing your rights, fighting for the preservation of those rights, and the willingness to take action for the betterment of one's nation.

Although it is good to always display patriotism for one's country, patriotism should be strongest during the country's time of need in order to provide comfort and insurance to the people that live there. By doing so this enables the country's people to unite and build a strong defense against one's enemies. When a country and one's people are united they become a strong force against other enemies because it builds confidence and trust within the people. Trusting in one's country helps people to believe that they are protected and safe in their homes which is a very desirable feeling to have during a country's time of need. Confidence in one's country is also an important thing to have during a time of crisis because it will instill courage in the troops and government that are fighting to protect the country.

The willingness to take action for the betterment of one's nation does not necessarily mean joining the...
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