The Concise English dictionary defines the word "patriot" as one who strongly supports and serves his or her country. The miniature English dictionary describes a patriot as someone who loves their country. The Junior Macquarie dictionary's meaning for a patriot is someone who is loyal to and supports their country. All these dictionaries define a patriot as being loyal to their country. But patriotism isn't just about loving your country. It is possible to be patriotic about other things, such as religion, sporting clubs and culture.
However, have you ever stopped to think whether there is such a thing as being overly patriotic? It is fine to be devoted entirely to a country, religion or sport, but when is it taking it too far?
People like Sadam Hussein are patriots that are taking patriotism too far. He is so devoted to his country that he will stop it at nothing to defend his country of Iraq. In his attempts to help his country he has killed thousands of innocent people and civilians who had never done anything wrong.
One of the most famous mass murderers of all time was Adolf Hitler. He is best known for starting World War 2 and for being responsible for the millions of Jewish lives being lost, due to the Holocaust. He was also one of the most patriotic people in history. Adolf Hitler's was dearly devoted to his home country of Germany. He showed his devotion to his country by enlisting as a messenger in World War 1 and putting his life at risk to help his country. The whole reason World War 2 began was because Hitler was furious at his country of Germany being pushed around and humiliated. When Germany was hit with the expenses of the war in the Versailles Treaty, Hitler vowed that he would make his country recognized, and that it would become one of the main countries on the map.
Hitler also believed in keeping his country pure with no outsiders and people of different race, colour or religion. He wanted his country to be so perfect that along the lines he became cruel and heartless, killing thousands, in order to make the country of Germany the best in the world.
A lesser known patriot of long ago was Charlotte Corday, a French patriot and assassin of the French revolutionist Jean Paul Marat. A sympathizer of the moderates, or Girondists, in the French Revolution, she determined to kill Marat, a supporter of the Jacobins, whom she held responsible for the Reign of Terror. Corday went to Paris, where she stabbed him to death while he was in his bath. This event might not have killed thousands of innocent people, but it did kill one person who wasn't really doing anything that put others in danger.
All these people took patriotism too seriously and as a result, many people lost their lives. None of their countries are really better for...