It's the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany and an article caught my attention about German pride. I didn't realise how patriotism was affected so much by that point of their history. When I was in the US, I noticed that patriotism has increased noticeably after the events of Sept 11. Flags were everywhere and there's a stronger sense of 'proud to be American' when I talk to my friends. It's not something I see often here, except maybe during World Cup or Euro Cup moments. It's amazing how football can do that, haha. Anyway, do you think an upsurge of publicly displayed patriotism can be divisive? For example, I also noticed that there seems to be a feeling of pressure to conform to another's brand of patriotism. And we hear of judgemental statements implying "If your ways are not like my ways, or your political views are not like mine, you are unpatriotic." I'm sure several Americans who were against the Iraq war were told something similar. Maybe it's not patriotism itself which is bad but its use to manipulate others to conform to specific views. Or maybe when patriotism is in fact nationalism... A patriot is proud of his country in a benign sense in that he respects it. Patriots are devoted to causes greater than themselves. A nationalist, on the other hand, usually identifies with causes as extensions of himself. A nationalist -sometimes called a superpatriot—can be fanatical. The nationalist usually views contrary opinions and other cultures as threats. Are you proud of your country? How do you display patriotism? Or are you more a private patriot?