What makes one Patriotic?
Regardless if you are a musician, a teacher, a student, a politician, shop keeper, a shoe shiner on Kampala road, a father, a mother, a priest, Sheik, Pastor, bishop, a car mechanic operating in run-down garage at Kiseeka Market, you can be patriotic if your want to within your vocation. We believe that patriots come from lay men and women from everyday walks of life that chose to put the lot of others, country, underprivileged, their customers, clients, interest of their fellow students, the noble interests of their neighbourhood residents; all these interests ahead of their own.
Patriots are like that Good Samaritan whom Jesus describes as a non-Jew who after a priest, then a Levite bypassed a half-dead beaten, stripped and robbed man, went to great lengths to offer first aid and pay the medical bills of this stranger until he was able to get back on his feet again (Luke 10: 30-37)
Patriots are what Socrates defined as “the Educated”. He regards them as;
First, those who manage well the circumstances which they encounter day by day; and those who can judge situations appropriately as they arise and rarely miss the suitable course of action.
Next, those who are honorable in their dealings with all men, bearing easily what is unpleasant or offensive in others, and being as reasonable with their associates as is humanly possible.
Furthermore, those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not unduly overcome by their misfortunes, bearing up under them bravely and in a manner worthy of our common nature.
Most important of all, those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves, but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober-minded men, rejoicing no more in the good things that have come to them through chance than in those which through their own nature and intelligence are theirs since birth.
Those who have a character which is in accord, not with one of these things, but with all of them these are educated [patriotic]–possessed of all the virtues.
Socrates (47~399 B.C.)
In short what Socrates asks for is that a true patriot must first have a good character as he describes above. After a good character, a patriot must then be a person concerned with the well being of his nation before his own and this means that he must be a person who will be brave enough to stand up to criticize bad leaders, bad policies, bad laws, corrupt practices, lack of transparency in the leadership and/or the government of the day, injustices around him, abuses of powers and everything that is not good for Uganda and Ugandans as a whole, not just his tribe, his political party, his religion, not just his friends but all Ugandans.