Woodruff wrote:PLAYER57832 wrote:However, there is something about saying the pledge and listening to the national anthem that just.. matter.
Why do they matter, if those saying them don't even understand what they're saying? Please explain how that could POSSIBLY matter.
It's difficult to say, and I want to agree with you that kids don't really understand it, but those years of reciting that "mantra" may plant some kind of seed from which grows that tenuous feeling of belonging to something greater than oneself--that sense of belonging to a Nation-State. An appeal to one's individual sovereignty or rights--at the expense of the State and its perceived "national interests"--may become neglected because one belongs to the Nation ("of course"). One is an American and should abide by that foresworn allegiance or feeling of belonging.
Now, that could all be spurious, but the Pledge of Allegiance may instill that sense of belonging which later grows in some people's minds.
But if this is true, then this isn't good for it imbues in one that unquestioning feeling of Nationalism. It's that feeling expressed from people's mouths and minds when they call for a war against Afghanistan, Iraq, or for a War on Drugs, Crime, or Terrorism. It's difficult to clarify, but it seems tied to people's compliance to be taxed to provide Whatever because it's for the People, for the Nation. The individual's identity becomes one with the Nation.
It's just weird stuff, and the Dude does not abide.