Category: independence day

Americans across all social classes take for g…

Americans across all social classes take for granted a higher measure of freedom and prosperity than a majority of the world’s people. Watching this documentary helped me to better appreciate what I have as an American.

We can be grateful for our country, even while…

We can be grateful for our country, even while acknowledging its shortcomings. Dissent is patriotic. America was founded on dissent.

15 Quotes to Remind us who we are

15 Quotes to Remind us who we are:

The United States will survive the Trump presidency; We have survived much worse. We simply need to remember who we are and what we’re made of.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us we…

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

There are more Buddhists in the United States …

matthewsatori:

There are more Buddhists in the United States than any country outside Asia. This is largely because America is a nation of immigrants, something which should be remembered and celebrated, especially today. 

Japanese American service in World War II – Wi…

Japanese American service in World War II – Wikipedia:

matthewsatori:

During the early years of World War II, Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated from their homes in the Pacific Coast states because military leaders and public opinion combined to fan unproven fears of sabotage…

The 442nd Infantry Regiment became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.[2]Other Japanese American units also included the 100th Infantry Battalion, Varsity Victory Volunteers, and the Military Intelligence Service

The 522nd had the distinction of liberating survivors of the Dachau concentration camp system, from the Nazis on April 29, 1945.[4]

image

The 442nd Infantry Regiment became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.

As George Takei explains in this video, the mo…

matthewsatori:

As George Takei explains in this video, the most decorated military unit in American history was made up of volunteers from Japanese internment camps during World War II, who wanted to prove their love and loyalty for their country. This is the history which truly makes America great. 

Patriotism in Buddhism

matthewsatori:

It seems the United States is headed in the wrong direction, and yet I feel such gratitude for my country.

There are more Buddhists in America than any country outside Asia, especially due to our immigrant heritage.

America was the first nation on earth founded on the ideals of freedom and democracy, and our history has been a constant struggle toward fulfilling these ideals.

It’s also worth mentioning the bottom 5% of Americans enjoy a higher living standard than 68% of the world:
https://econfix.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/world-income-inequality-chart/

Does Buddhism have any teachings related to patriotism? Please keep in mind that patriotism and nationalism are not the same. We should be careful to distinguish them.

image

America was the first nation on earth founded on the ideals of freedom and democracy, and our history has been a constant struggle toward fulfilling these ideals.