Yep, I knew that would catch your attention.Â It definitely caughtÂ mine.Â This was a comment from one of my co-workers here in Kuwait, during a recent discussion we were having about our current American society’s level of Patriotism.Â His reasoning behind this comment was that “Our society is all about what’s in it for me right now and putting the country’s needs ahead of our own is a dead ideology.”
Now, I grew up on heavy doses of Rambo, Missing in Action, RedDawn, and drinking from the Ronald Reagan fire hose while he lead us against the “Evil Empire.”Â Maybe I was brainwashed from a young age but I always believed that if our nation called, then it was my duty as an American to answer that call.Â These were some of the basic reasons why I initially joined the Army National Guard.
On 9/11/01 the world as I knew it, changed forever and IÂ would answerÂ my country’s call.Â A few days later IÂ found myself staring at the smoldering rubble of the remains of the World Trade Center at Ground Zero.Â During this time I would see the absolute best in American spirit and pride.Â Unfortunately since then, the fever hasÂ fallen to the wayside.Â I understand there are still many Americans (young and old) still out there that believe in being a true patriot to their country.Â In 2005 I was visiting the high school in theÂ school district that I was teaching in at the time and I ran intoÂ one of my soccer players that I coached.Â This young man was a seniorÂ and I asked him what his plans were for the following year.Â He responded with “Probably college but I’m not really sure.”Â I then asked him if he had thought about joining the military.Â He responded with “No way, what would I want to do that for.”Â After quicklyÂ recovering from his commentÂ I then proceeded to inform him on many reasons why he should join and also included that it was his duty.Â I presented this in a polite way so that the untrained eye wouldn’t be able to detect the lash marks on the young man.Â
I really don’t think my co-worker’sÂ analysis is accurate on our current society’s level of Patriotism.Â Even though I do believe there are still some hard core believers (yours truly) in pure Patriotism, I’ve come to understand that it has just evolved and everyone has their own take on it.Â It probably has always been that way.
Live free or die trying!