Whenever I hear national anthem, tears start rolling down my cheeks and I get goosebumps. I love life, people, animal and this love is not limited to my family, state, nation or a particular community. I feel national boundaries are man-made and similar to many other artificial boundaries they are indispensable at a particular point in the evolution of mankind. The order helps societies thrive and without it there can’t be any substantial progress. Chaos and order keep playing with each other and history bears testimony to it. National boundaries aren’t going to be there forever and there would come a time when there would be one world based on universal love and brotherhood.
Humanity is one. All life is one and this molecular dance of life is taking place in many planets, solar systems, galaxies and many universes simultaneously. To not recognize this cosmic play of life and love and to attach oneself to only one’s own country soon makes one jingoistic.
In the farewell party of my school I cried like a baby because I was soon going to miss a place where I had spent ten years of friendship, love and learning. I am a sensitive person who loves animals, nature and people around him and I feel overwhelmed with national anthem because it reminds me of people who have made my life what it is. My happiness is the result of labor of countless number of people who come from my own country and from others. This means I am not against the patriotism but I clearly see a very thin boundary between Patriotism and Chauvinism. This boundary can be crossed at any moment if you are not careful and aware.
Patriotism is essentially a positive value. To show your gratitude towards your people and country is a form of universal love which has created all of us. When I look into my country’s history I see that truly patriotic people were those selfless servants of humanity who have inspired all humanity. Gandhi was a patriotic man whose meritorious deeds based on unconditional love served not only his nation of birth but also the entire mankind. The mind of Gandhi still pervades the earth and millions get inspired everyday by his legend.
I feel a patriot loves his people and country but this love should not stop at the borders of his nation. Rivers, birds, air and seasons don’t observe boundaries. Nature and life are one and the same for all nations. If you keep dividing yourself– this division doesn’t stop at nations–there are sub-divisions based on cast, creed, sex and ethnicity. It boils down to loving just your family–some people have allegiance just to their families and no more. This is overlooking the fact that your love for your husband, son, city, state and country is a tiny fragment of universal love which is source of all creation. If you love someone with all your heart it expands into universal love and it can’t just remain limited to certain people or places. It becomes unconditional universal selfless love of cosmos.
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