This is patriotism. (?)
the quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one’s country.
“a highly decorated officer of unquestionable integrity and patriotism”
i have to admit i’m having trouble with the concept of patriotism. maybe it’s just a silly girly thing, but like papal authority the word smacks of the male as boss. more than that, though, the word implies nationalism as a virtue. kaepernick’s decision to kneel may be more about police brutality and inequality than national pride. personally, i prefer loyalty to all creation over loyalty to any one nation for as long as we see patriotism or nationalism as a virtue war will continue.
when i was a fifth grader, i decided to stop pledging allegiance to the flag oir even one nation. i realized that my decision was meant for myself. i wasn’t attempting to initiate an anti-patriotism movement, so i stood quietly not to interfere with my classmates’ choice. i closed my eyes and within my heart pledged allegiance to the entire universe and the oneness for which it stands. today, i would like to be part of a growing peace movement. i’m not alone in my reaction to the “father knows best” implication of patriotism.
FirstTreaty between Native Americans and the Europeans
This is how the Haudenosaunee reportedly replied to the initial Dutch treaty proposal: quote, "You say [that] you are our Father and I am your Son. We say, 'We will not be like Father and Son, but like Brothers.' This wampum belt confirms our words. ... Neither of us will make compulsory laws nor interfere in the internal affairs of the other. Neither of us will try to steer the other’s vessel.