A patriot is a verb
and not a noun because
to protect or further the interests of his/her country. If there is no active
involvement, the person is not a patriot, but a citizen. The act of protecting
or furthering the good of the country must
be done for the love of the country and not simply a means to an end.
An example is a person joining the military to protect his/her
country is a patriot. A person joining the military to benefit from the college tuition benefits
is simply a citizen.
may be small or large. Giving your life for your country is big act of patriotism
. The simple
act of picking up trash
in your neighborhood is a small act of patriotism
for it leads to a better society and hence, country. If this same vision was share by 10,000
the country, a simple
act of patriotism
a large impact.