In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Pledge Allegiance.”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/i-pledge-allegiance/
The origin of the word ‘ Patriot’ dates back to 16th century.
Before expressing my thoughts on the subject today,I must admit that my knowledge of World History is very limited. In school, I paid little attention to my history teacher’s,passionate lectures on kings, kingdoms and wars. I spent most of the class day dreaming and doodling in my history notebook.
From whatever I had studied then,I remember 16th century to be a period of unprecedented changes in Europe. On one hand, discoveries, inventions, explorations heralded the beginning of the modern era, while political unrest marked by religious upheavals lead to emergence of nation states.
I assume that during this phase the feeling of patriotism was high. This feeling of ‘nation before self’ continued to be strong for many more centuries. The World Wars and Independence Movement across the world were fought by brave patriots.
What did men then discuss at the market place or the barber’s shop or in one’s drawing ? Nation and national pride, surely.
Fast-forward to 2015. If you see the exhibit, the use of the word ‘patriot’ is on a decline.Today the political boundaries of nations are fairly defined; few nations are at war. Today common man in most country discuss about the nation’s economy and development and not so much about their nation’s war.In today’s world, for some nations poverty, illiteracy, corruption within a nation are the new enemies.
The nations today need an army of ‘Patriots’ of a different kind. Patriots who are willing to fight the social evils and help fellow countrymen.Patriots who are willing to take part in nation building and development.She needs revolutionaries .
I am ready to answer her call. I am a Patriot.