You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukand other Amazon European sites
Love of one’s country is a wonderful thing; it can also be a curse.
It is right and proper, it seems to me, to honor the country that gave you birth; to celebrate its victories and mourn its losses.
Our country can be in this way an extension of our family – it gives us another tribe to relate to and belong to.
But therein can also lie also the problem, when love for one’s country turns into hatred for others.
It is a sad fact of the human condition that we can turn a positive such as love for our own country, into a negative when we turn that love into hate, and think that all other people are inferior to us.
In our modern world we see the two faces only too clearly – the pride with which we look upon our countries successes, and the acts of violence against others who are from a different culture.
And this human conflict on the world stage is mirrored in our own personal lives too.
It is wonderful to celebrate our successes, and to take pride in what we do well.
It is great to look after our physical and mental well-being, to be the best us there is to be, and to use our potential to the fullest extent that we can.
That self-respect and self understanding is what we should be looking to improve each day on our journey through life, but sometimes we can take that positive and turn it around in a negative way.
We can begin to think that our own success is all that matters, and that it is right to trample over others to get it.
Sometimes our self-respect can turn into a lack of respect for others, when we think our unique talents are not just different, but superior to others.
And, when we turn that self-love into hatred for other people, we really begin to turn our best instincts to bad effect.
Our love of ourselves does not grow just because we hate other people – indeed, it seems to only diminish our self-respect, meaning that we need to go on hating for its own sake.
We are like the countries in the world – we can learn to respect each other, and even celebrate the differences between us, or we can go to war to impose our views on other people.
For we are all different from everyone else – we are all individual countries in an ocean of individuals.