What Patriotism Means to Me!..

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What Patriotism means to me!..
I wave the Pakistani flag! I am so patriotic! My heart is content and the world sees my gleaming teeth, I show pride. Following the regular way of life is our nature and endorsing it our second nature. Is waving a flag, standing up for an inherited national anthem our sense of patriotism? It barely takes a moment to realize how superficial we are. What do we usually do on Independence Day and Republic Day? Most of us sit at home and enjoy our holiday. Just because we are not in school anymore and no one expects us to be present for the flag hoisting, we don’t bother to attend it. It shows that we take the independence of our nation for granted. Our patriotism is only limited to joining ‘I love my Pakistan’ community on orkut and facebook. Our patriotism only comes out when Pakistan plays against India in a cricket match. What happens to this patriotism when we carelessly throw chocolate wrappers on the street? What happens to this patriotism when we see thousands of flags lying on the streets on Independence Day? Patriotism for me, is when we realize, who is an Pakistani, Patriotism is when you have a feeling of belonging, a feeling of a positive debt towards a larger entity of the nation. We don’t need to serve in the defense forces to show our patriotism. We are a part of a young, educated, and dedicated generation of Pakistan with the ability to understand the society better and do our part for the nation’s upliftment. Don’t ask what your country can do for you. Ask what you have done for your country.
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