@ wolfissac - Spoken like a true fascist. What a horrible stance to condone punishment for those who disagree with YOU or the establishment. I guess you forget why this is supposed to be a great country that exemplifies FREEDOM in actions, words, deeds. Not some mob mentality that seeks to silence opposition, regardless of how you or other mindless tyrants feel. Maybe you would feel more at home with Pol Pot in charge or Stalin. Sending people to the Gulags probably right up your alley, especially when they don't toe the line with your philosophy.
In truth there is nothing "spectacular and profound" about a robotic child who does as he is told or simply because others are also doing it. That is real laziness incarnate. Like that idiot in the elevator who turns around because everyone else who entered, did the same. Forgot the name of that psych experiment? That my friend is the definition of sheep and is what is wrong in America. No critical thinking and mob mentality.
Since you feel Einstein has no credibility outside Physics, here is a few for you to ponder:
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- Bertrand Russell
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious
- Oscar Wilde
You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
-George Bernard Shaw
Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
- Samuel Johnson
Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, and conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.
- Leo Tolstoy
A true patriot is one who questions blind authority and any symbols thereof. I remember reading Tolstoy’s words that “to call a man a patriot will be the deepest insult you can of him.”
Then again, the best one I remember was:
“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
If not, I guess the fascists can always send us true patriots for water boarding at Abu Ghraib.....since that's usually what tyrants do to any opposition. Conformity=Control