(Original post by Itsyaboy)
There's no point in being patriotic.
Why would one want to be proud of being British or whatever your demonym is, because you did not choose to be born there, you did not take some big test that you should boast about on the rooftops.
Every time I see someone identity as a patriot, I cringe. Not only has patriotism not just become being proud of one's country (which is stupid as explained above) it's become a code word for the phrase "I'm a closet racist". Note that I immediately stop taking any person who says that seriously.
What are your thoughts
That's rather like saying you can't choose your parents so you shouldn't love them. Besides, although you don't choose your country, you contribute to it economically through working, politically through voting, and financially through tax. You also benefit from it through security, community services, healthcare, entitlements and numerous other things. So you have a very large stake in it and you have a big incentive to change it in a way that suits you. And not just on an individual basis but also on a collective basis: your community, your industry of work, your interests and concerns, are all governed and regulated by the national government to some extent, so they demand that you take an active role in your country's fuctioning.
And on the world stage, all of these things feed into the actions and effects your country has internationally, either through passive influence or through active steps taken to defend your country's interests, as well as to fight for causes, concerns, problems and opportunities that it believes are worth fighting for. As an individual, and as a member of a larger community, industry or interest group, your only real way to influence the wider phenomena which affect your life or which you care about are through your national government, either directly through voting and writing to yoru MP, or indirectly through non-state actors (charities, corporations, pressure groups) which must carry out their activities according to the regulations and at least partially through the voice of a national government.
So in short, real patriotism is not about being proud of things in which you played no part, it is about looking after your own interests, fighting for causes you care about, and looking out for other human beings in general. And seen this way, it is rather silly to try to 'opt-out' of the global system of sovereign states which is the very foundation of the world we live in.