I have spent the better part of the last few months reflecting on our country and why we’re on the decline as a nation. If you ask ten different people why you will get ten different answers, but the truth is we did it to ourselves. We focused too much on what was best for us as individuals instead of focusing on the greater good. This doesn’t just apply to our leaders, but to each individual of our community, myself included. We can easily point to others and notice their shortcomings, but taking a look at ourselves and making an accurate assessment is more difficult. Many like to blame the government, others like to blame the Top Five, while others blame Unity elections, and even more blame the AFA.
The fact of the matter is YOU and I are responsible for the sad state of affairs in our beloved eUS. Some of us were too focused on settling old scores, others have been focused on how best to promote themselves, while even more were too busy playing their own game, but in the end it has been our focus on our own interests that have lead our nation to the precipice. We have been so busy fighting each other that we didn’t realize that our nation was burning to the ground and our enemies had us surrounded. These issue must be addressed by each of us before we can begin rebuilding our community and our nation.
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
In order to move forward we must first put an end to our selfish game. We need to focus first on rebuilding our community through reconciliation, we must make amends to those we might have wronged and forgive those who have done wrong to us. Once we have done that the solution to our current issues becomes easy to solve. The solutions can be broken down into three very distinct parts; Patriotism, Pride, and Purpose.
Before going forward with this article I would like to take the time to apologize to those I have either offended, hurt, or been rude to in anyway. There are two people in particular I would like to apologize to. Vanek26, I have been rather hard on you and quite rude over how you planned to handle the current war. My words were both mean spirited and totally out of line. I would like to offer you my most sincere apologies for the way I have treated you. The second person I would like to apologize to is Ajay Bruno despite the fact I know this will not win me any friends. Ajay on several occasions over the last few years playing this game I have pretended to be your friend to get information I used to further my own goals and this is something I regret. While I know you have done much that has caused the nation to dislike you I should not have been cruel to you in this way. You would have been better off had I left you alone instead of pretending to be your friend.
While I can not take back what I have said and done I can try not to repeat these mistakes again. I will make an effort to remember that my words and actions affect others and to also remember that the people I interact with are indeed people and not just pixels on a computer screen.
”The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
What exactly does it mean to be a patriot?
Patriotism is a love for your country that transcends pride or nationalism and becomes a part of the individual. It is does not mean agreeing with your government or even supporting everything it does, but it impacts how you see the world and how you see your fellow countrymen.
Patriots are not born, they are created through events that shape a country and an individual. The vast majority of the time people only show their love for their country in times of national disaster, war, or in times of national mourning. In order for the eUS to grow we must shape and grow our patriotic fervor in all that we do and all that we strive to do as a nation.
We are now at a point where the only thing that can save and motivate our nation is patriotism. Not the superficial kind where everyone talks about their love for our country, but the very real kind where people actually walk the walk. All loyal Americans must strive to do what is best for our community and country. This means we must do all we can to fight our enemies both here and on the battlefield. We will need every available voter, soldiers, and patriot to turn the tide in our upcoming battles against our enemies.
”Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.”
Pride in all things
In order for our nation to fulfill its promise we must develop pride in ourselves. I’m talking about the pride that comes from accomplishment not the artificial pride that comes from making others a victim to our arrogance. Pride in accomplishment requires an individual, a group, or a nation to set goals that are ambitious but also obtainable through hard work and perseverance. This means avoiding lofty goals such as conquering the world or becoming President (only so many people can get elected to President of one country and this game is set up so no one nation can actually conquer the world), but instead set smaller goals that can be accomplished and then setting the bar higher as we accomplish our previous goals.
There are two things I have done in this game that give me real pride, the first is creating Praetorian Guards. I created Praetorian Guards with the goal of making soldiers accountable for where they hit and rewarding those who perform up to and beyond my expectations. I’m proud of my unit and I am proud to call the soldiers I fight beside my friends.
The second thing I am proud of is my small part in creating US-AIM. What makes US-AIM special and what makes me proud of being a member is its bottom up structure. People choose MUs for a variety of reasons but the one thing that is important to remember is that their membership is voluntary. No one is forced by mechanics to fight in any unit so if their MU does not reflect the experience they want they can choose another. The same holds true for US-AIM, the individual MUs decide their own level of participation. These are the kinds of groups we need more of in this country, groups that engage and represent their membership.
”He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
What’s your purpose?
We have a major void in the area of why we play this game. What is it that keeps us signing in and playing? Most people would answer that it is their friends and their community that keeps them playing. What we fail to address though is a greater purpose for our game together. Our purpose can be either simple or very complex, but it should involve making the game better for our friends and fellow countrymen.
While the issue of having a purpose can be solved alone, it is much more effective if we have a group and national purpose. Programs like Meals on Wheels, the National Mentorship Program, and party programs give players a purpose that helps build the community and also fulfills the other two above list goals. More programs like this need to be made available to our people to engage them in the greater group and give them the purpose they need to keep playing and interacting with the community.
Our culture, our community, and our nation are in jeopardy and if we do not make fundamental changes to the way we interact with each other as a nation we will not survive. We must put our community and nation above ourselves and work towards a common goal. Patriotism, pride and purpose are the keys to our future success as a nation but first we must let go of our differences and become one nation instead of many smaller communities.
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