On Being American
I just saw The Revenant. It reminded me a lot of Jeremiah Johnson. It also reminded me of what being an American meant. We fight for what we believe is right and we expect more of ourselves.
I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are made of strong character and strong morals. But that's what America is all about. You have to work to be an American. You have to want it more than anything. The people who make it here are those who strive to be their best. It's not easy. It takes work, hard work.
I think there are a lot of people out there who just don't understand what being an American means. Perhaps, I am wrong. Perhaps, there are plenty of people on there who work really hard and who believe they are owed something in this life? I don't know. I work hard. Yet, I do not expect anything I have not given from the world.
To expect something of the world is to believe one has contributed to the world. Have you contributed anything to the world? What have you contributed? Be honest, if not with me, then at least be honest with yourself.
Today, I saw a person make a pledge to a country to do certain things to help and protect that country. It made me feel proud to be an American, just listening to the speech. I think the world has forgotten what it felt like to have an exceptional standard for which it could strive. I want to be a part of that again. It was there when I was young., back when there was such a thing as American exceptionalism.
I remember saluting as the veterans of wars gone by passed by my family in small-town parades. I remember what that swelling feeling of pride felt like as I watched the soldiers in their outdated uniforms pass by. I hope I never forget it.
Those who take a knee during the playing or singing of our National Anthem cannot relate to me. I cannot be their target audience, for I would never disrespect those who have fought so hard for my freedoms. To those individuals and their families, I can only offer my heartfelt gratitude and sympathies for their sacrifices. You will forever be in my thoughts and I in your debt.
Tobin and I have discussed this in great detail and, although I have several friends who are of different races, creeds and religions, I still cling to the belief that America is the one place where anyone - and I mean anyone - can achieve his or her goals. No matter where you come from, what your personal beliefs, your background or whatever, you can become whatever you choose here... as long as you're willing to work for it.
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Teagan Brody is author of Sci-fi/Fantasy novels. Her writing helps guide the people of Earth toward a better future. Her most common expression is, "What would Thomas Shelby do?"