It’s Memorial Day in the US, where those who gave service to their country are remembered and honoured.
Melanie is our host for the SYW questions and answers. You can check it out here
In your opinion, does patriotism require the belief that one’s country is the greatest on earth?
IMO, No. More important to simply believe in one’s country and their leaders.
Why is patriotism considered by some to be the highest of virtues? What is so important about love of country? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about humankind, or the planet as a whole, rather than a single country?
When we were in the EU, I never considered myself to be European. I was British, and proud of it. Now that pride is tarnished by the double standards of our government, the constant attacks in the poorest of our society and I am embarrassed. Worst of it all is there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it.
What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?
Ah, we make a choice and then have to live with the consequences.
For example in 1981 I decided to leave the parental home after licking my wounds following divorce and move in with someone I believed could give me a good life.
How wrong I was but I didn’t quit, though in hindsight I should have after about 6 months but I stayed almost 8 years. Some good did come of it though and I fostered teenagers for four years. I will never regret that.
What is social justice?
Personal opinion and actions in trying to be fair, equal and honest, but in this day and age, somehow that doesn’t seem to come about very much.
and one ‘easy’ one because those others? Fairly difficult.
What’s one body part you wouldn’t mind losing? (told you. Silly).
Body part? I still have my tonsils and appendix, and I’ve already lost one but if needs must and cancer went to the other breast, I would be happy to see it go and have matching sides.