Daily Prompt: Citizen or Number

Homeland is where the heart is
Homeland is Heartland

It’s become almost de rigueur to eschew patriotism, along with Christianity and Kipling but this vaporizing of National identity could be like the road to hell – paved with good intentions. In the shaming of Empire, in the aftermath of Nazism, the apparition of a New World Order seems to be taking form. Border lines are fading into vast Nation states and we are all encouraged to be its citizens. But the larger the population, the smaller the people become, the more annonymous, until names become numbers, and ID is factored into fingerprint, iris, and DNA.

The theory is that if we are all one, there will be no wars or want or war on want. We are to be the peace makers and we shall inherit the earth – but families can tear each other apart and Big Brother is a bully:

“We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives… We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. ”George Orwell, 1984

In my country we do not pledge allegiance and yet through the years I’ve come to love and identify with it, warts and all. It is England with its quaint parochialism and stand offishness from Europe, a green and pleasant land that is diminsihing by the square mile from the popularity of the populus.  A tiny isle which struggles for identity between the syclla of isolationism and  the charybdis of merger. It is where my heart is though now I wish my feet had wandered more.

Written for the Daily Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance. Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?