As a general rule we can say that there is an inverse relationship between intellect and patriotism–that is, as the former goes down, the latter goes up. The poor and the disadvantaged seem to put more flags up on their houses than those in the better suburbs.
An objection might be raised here about political leaders, the vast majority of whom are rich, and appear to be very patriotic–’appear’ being the key word here.
For pointing out the greatness of a country is essential for a politician to secure the support of the Herd.
Simple-minded people must be told they are part of something big and great.
Now politicians and patriots are quick to emphasize that their particular country is ‘blessed by God.’ This is especially true of countries that are relatively new, and there may be a connection. But what does this mean exactly? Why would God bless a single nation?
More importantly, since new nations use this phrase the most it begs the question: What country did God bless before said country existed? Are we to think that there were no worthy countries to bless until such and such came into existence? The absurdity is glaring.
When a man brags about his own country, and is ready to mount his warhorse at the slightest national insult, it argues that he has nothing in himself to be proud of or boast about. This explains the flag-waving fervour of those at the bottom of the social scale. Alone, they feel downtrodden and without hope. But bring out a flag and a melodramatic song and suddenly they are joined at the hip with the greatest geniuses and artists the nation has produced. We are one!
Armed with this they are ready to hurl themselves at any ‘enemy.’ As a Ukrainian proverb has it:
‘When the banner is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet.’
It follows then that the less a nation feels it has, the more insecure it is, the more it will push patriotism. ‘There’s nothing here so we shall make something up!’ Holidays will be invented, and you’d better go to the park and have a barbecue.
It is a curious fact of this world that those at the bottom of the social scale are the first ones up to the frontline. This from the Sage of Frankfurt:
‘National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity, and baseness of mankind take in every country. If we become disgusted with one, we praise another, until we get disgusted with this too. Every nation mocks other nations, and all are right.’