“A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country” Charles Jefferson
Patriotism is developed over a period as a nation goes through different experiences and orientations, this in turn influences the citizens way of life that is the belief system, norms, and culture. Patriotism is more than an individual‘s way of life; it encompasses norms, belief and culture, from its political dynamics, ethnic diversities, socialization, institutions, leaders and its people. Patriotism informs the political norms of the public insofar as it impacts civil liberties judgments and attitudes toward political and social tolerance.
Patriotism means caring about our country every moment of our lives and contributing towards its development. Patriotism does not mean love for one’s government or government-in-waiting. American writer Mark Twain ‘patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it’. Patriots get pained when they see evil sprouting in their country, hate corruption because corruption, embrace diversity of cultures but abhor tribalism. Patriotism prepares ground for discipline which allows patriots to transform their goals into accomplishments for the good of their beloved country. No meaningful development will ever be realized without discipline.
A survey done in Kenya by British Council found that young Kenyans have a strong sense of pride in their country.91 per cent of those who responded to the survey love their country, and 86 per cent agree that the heritage and identity of the country are important to them. The majority feel the country has made progress in recent decades – 62 percent of respondents believe their generation’s lives are better than those of their parents’ generation. Young people see nationality as their strongest source of identity, ahead of family, religion, and ethnicity. Despite this, many young people are willing to migrate or relocate whenever an opportunity arises. Corruption, violence, crime, and unemployment are their key concerns, and as well as causing them anxiety now, they believe these problems will become more serious in future. Young Kenyans’ general optimism about the future is tarnished by their dissatisfaction with and pessimism over corruption, violence, crime, and the employment situation.
He who loves his country and people will do them no harm, as such will not participate in acts that cause pain and blood to his nation.