It appears as if Hal Finney <firstname.lastname@example.org> asked:
|Are we supposed to be patriotic? To love our country
|and respect our leaders? To get a lump in our throat
|when we see the flag? I certainly hope you are not
|expecting appeals to Jingoistic patriotism to be
It depends on which moral system you subscribe to.
The Extropian Principles contain a section "Rational Thinking"
which would override any irrational jingoism. If you can prove
rationally that your concept of "country", "leaders", and "flag"
really form a relevant and correct rational system, then I see
no problem with swelling with pride, etc.
But I fail to comprehend how one could do that.
If one, OTOH, do not subscribe to transhumanism/extropianism, then
one can do marvelous irrational thinking, but that would most certainly
form an irrelevant subject for discussion for this list, I presume.
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