Patriotism and Universal Love

Patriotism and universal love are mutually exclusive. I will attempt to prove this theoretical argument with logic. First, however, I must clarify what I mean by universal love; universal love is the belief that we are all brothers and sisters and should be treated as such (this implies, more or less, equality of compassion). Now we may begin.

Patriotism implies loyalty; it implies that if the country requires it, you will be willing to bear arms. It implies that if your country goes to war against another country, you will fight for your country. Ideally, you would think that you should only bear arms if you agreed with the principles. However, the theoretical notion of patriotism and loyalty, as I understand it, does not incorporate this.

Now, let us use a more concrete example. I am American. There are problems in America, but there are worse problems abroad. Who do I help first? This situation, of course, is based on the idea that everyone has the moral obligation to help others. According to this obligation, it would seem that I should help the people who are suffering the most first. However, loyalty to my country would make me want to help other Americans first. Therefore, ultimately, I am faced with the basic decision of choosing between what I should do and what I want to do.

With this logic, I believe it is easy to see why patriotism and universal love are mutually exclusive.