“And above all, it is your civilization, it is you. However much you hate it or laugh at it, you will never be happy away from it for any length of time. The suet puddings and the red pillar boxes have entered into your soul. Good or evil, it is yours, you belong to it, and this side the grave you will never get away from the marks that it has given you.” ~ Why I Write by George Orwell
I love this quote because it is so brutally honest. Here Orwell is talking about England, but I really think it applies to nearly all nations in the world. Living in the USA, I know a lot of my peers often say that they wish they lived elsewhere because “America sucks”. They complain about the way the government is run, the culture, even the weather. But when it comes down to it, they are also negatively contributing to the very culture they claim to dislike and be above. You are a citizen of this country, and at some point you either have to embrace that, learn to live with it, or remedy the situation by moving somewhere else. Blind patriotism is not always a good thing, but having respect and pride in your country to some degree is certainly warranted.
What do you think about Orwell’s stance on this topic? What quotes have you recently discovered? Let me know in the comments section below!