Let's see -- to me patriotism is the opposite of any act of betrayal to the country, which, of course, can mean a host of things.
I'd ask myself some questions although the answers are far from perfect. One question I could never really firmly answer is whether I would I die for my country, because it seems an unfair question.
Does it mean that I'd go to war for my country?
I don't know. I do know that I'd want to defend the sovereignty of my country. Very high-faluting but, oh, you know what I mean.
I know I'd not want terrible things to happen to my country. Can't quite specify what though.
I was thinking about patriotism because I read in Bernama that Youth and Sports Minister Ismail Sabri finds the patriotic spirit among Malaysian youth to be "not up to expectation".
Here's the rest of the story:
Ismail gave the index on patriotism among youths at only 68.2 per cent as many of them still questioned the social contract when the country achieved independence.
"As such, elements on civic consciousness will be included in all youth programmes," he said when opening the National Youth Consultative Council annual conference near here Saturday.
He said the approach on youth programmes should also be changed to suit current needs to instil self-identity, enhance creativity and understanding among youths.
There is also a need to evaluate the impact of youth programmes to avoid wastage, he added.