Patriotism means an attachment to and love for one’s country. The poets tell us that the man loves his motherland simply because the world is too vast, and he cannot love the whole of it at one time. But let us add, the love of one’s country, if properly. developed is capable of extending to the entire world. So it is natural that we should love our country because we breathe in its air, we live under its skies and we are a part of its soul.
This is why that it is one of the noblest passions of human nature. Man we know is a social animal. He cannot live alone. His nature urges him to live in union with other human beings. He must live in a society. This is the only way in which he can lead a happy and fruitful life.For us, our country is not just a piece of land. It is more than a physical reality. We don’t love our country because it is beautiful. There may be other countries which are more beautiful. We love it because it is our native land. We love it because it is the embodiment of our traditions, hopes, and aspirations. We love it because patriotism is a natural passion.
Patriotism is an active virtue. Love hates idleness. Love inspires and urges a man to do everything in his power for the welfare of his country. It makes him able to perform his duties honestly and with zeal. It makes him a good citizen who is always ready to serve his country in every possible way. Some people wrongly suppose that patriotism is experienced only in war times. It is a dangerous idea. Patriotism is a virtue which inspires us in peace as well as in war.
If we are patriots, we will always try to make our country healthy and strong. We will always try to help and urge the government to follow just and moral policies in external and internal affairs, and we will not allow others to threaten our freedom and integrity.