Patriotism is your conviction that your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it, despite of its conditions. It is always easy to stay on the side line and criticize, but have you once asked what have I done in order to contribute?
What do I mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what I mean it is a sense of national responsibility … a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of our nation.
Like president Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.
Our nation is divided, half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which, until you hear them try to portray themselves as the superior one and start saying negative things about their own kind. Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which of course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as the man you really are.
If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be between light skinned and dark skinned Haitians but rather between patriotism, intelligence on the one side, superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.
When I think of 1804, I think of independence and what it means to be free. The true Haitian Dream is that Haiti is “land of the free” and that was a founding theory behind the founding father’s patriotism. At the time of the revolution, Haiti was the richest country in the new world but Dessalines was intelligent enough to destroy it all so that the French would not have the interest to return.
Material things do not necessarily bring you happiness. That is a fact of life. It is a hard fact to understand sometimes, especially in a society that tries very hard to teach you otherwise. Although new laws are passed every year, we remain one of the few countries with enormous freedom of religion, politics, and belief systems. Many people die for our independence we must never forget because 1804 was only the beginning of a never ending fight.
We have many enemies and we are surrounded by them, vultures and snakes. Time and time again they have pretended to be our friends, coming to our rescue in time of needs, but I must tell you my Haitian brothers and sisters beware, learn about the world history it is there as a marker to help us remember what happened in the past in order to make sure we do our best to never let history repeat itself.
God Bless Haiti and always be proud of your heritage!!!