So, Fourth of July here in the USA … Do you ever read books that could be considered patriotic? Rousing stories of heroes? History? Brave countrymen & women doing bold things?
What would you recommend if somebody asked you for something patriotic–no matter what your country?
Be as specific or as general as you like?
I’m a Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines, who moved to Canada two and a half years ago. I’m a permanent resident here and will go for my citizenship next year. Canada is a country with a lot of different cultures and traditions. Most of the people here came from somewhere else yet we manage to get along just fine (most of the time). Most of the people I’ve met so far are very proud Canadians and they consider themselves to be really lucky that they are Canadians. It gets irritating sometimes that most of them argue that Canada is the best country to be in right now. I admire them for their patriotism and I believe Canada really is an awesome country to live in. I just don’t like how they think everywhere else isn’t as good when they haven’t been anywhere else. For someone who’s from the complete opposite side of the planet, I still don’t know where the best place to live in is (for me, at least).
Even though in a year or so from now I will be both a Canadian and a Filipino citizen (dual citizenship), I will always be a Filipino in my heart and soul. Though, I don’t let that stop me from learning about other cultures and embracing the ones I like. We just had Canada Day on July 1st and it was interesting. It felt like everyone took a break from their lives, went camping, and forgot about their problems and worries. Everyone was smiling and they were with their families. It was a really nice feeling to be in the middle of that.
As for books, I’ve only read a couple from high school: ‘Noli Me Tanghere’ and ‘El Filibusterismo’. They were requirements and I read them in the Filipino language (not even the conversational language, but the old deeper language that you’d need a dictionary and translator for). The reading part was tough and I hated it, but the story was very patriotic and inspiring. These were the two books written by the Philippines’ national hero, Jose P. Rizal. It was what awakened and opened the eyes of Filipinos when we were under the Spaniard occupation (the Spanish took over the Philippines for more than 300 years). He was executed for it later on.
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