What is Patriotism? Lets just go to the root of the matter and call it a vision which is held onto. Don't we hold on to visions? They manifest themselves throughout our lives as tradition, birthdays, holidays, cars, vacations, religion, nationality, work etc. These are all part of the lives we envision happening to ourselves and children. We want these things for our children, but for the better, better than we had it. Don't we say that? "We want the best for you." Yet do we seriously take a look at the root conflict of our actions of patriotism? When have we stopped to look--it's nowhere in the media, in political speeches or public announcements, is it? Why? Because the illusion of patriotism doesn't ask us to look, rather, to be obedient, trusting, honorable, faithful, hardworking and so forth because being patriotic is what we do, BUT don't question it. And why not? The conflict is real. We send thousands of young adults to war, into the dangerous streets as police officers, millions into traffic everyday in a national and global effort to support patriotism. All that activity is conflict on a very superficial level, but the real conflict is within us. See this--isn't it odd for the human mind to accept an illusion or vision as a fact? Don't agree or disagree, just see it as it is. When was the last time you were having a conversation with someone about your desires and aspirations for the future and they or you stopped the conversation and said; "Wait a minute. I just realized my dreams and aspirations for my life and future are illusions. Oh! My God!! What do I do??" Very few have this insight to actually address themselves and express it as observance. Being disillusioned doesn't mean one is being fooled, because those doing the fooling have already been fooled because conditioning can only produce itself. What? That is to say, a dog can only give birth to a dog, nothing else. So, being disillusioned is universal to the world over, get past that and realize we're conditioned to patriotism and the conflict which is associated with it which is everything we see that is ugly, violent, repulsive, un-this or un-that, politically right or wrong, loving, pleasurable, fun, happy or sad. You see the holding of patriotism is the holding of conflict, even disagreeing with what you read here is the act of experiencing patriotism. Perhaps one feels might feel offended. The "right" to agree too disagree? Letting go of it means only to understand and be free of the conflict, not dishonor it.