Love of God and Country
What is Patriotism?
This book will introduce us to an important literary/cultural concept: Mythos, or: the stories we tell to maintain our identity. In order to do so, Hamid, the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, will put forth a compelling case that challenges and prods your understanding of American culture and beliefs. Don’t be afraid to listen.
Just the name Fundamentalism runs rings around us: we fear it; we’re confused by it; and we absolutely will not recognize any of it in ourselves. The next four weeks will essentially be self-guided study; you will have the prompts and the exercises, and you will be responsible for getting them done.
In the mean time, be clear about a few things as you read:
- Don’t assume this is a relgious argument
- Changez, though you may disagree with him, is a patriot
- The language you use to define yourself may not be that far away from that of Changez.
These next few weeks we will examine what it means to be a patriot: Do we have obligations to our country, and, if so, where do we draw the line. This unit will be designed for you to answer two of the class’ Big Questions:
Who Are You?
Why Are You Here?
Hopefully, Changez will help you to understand both; often times our emotions are crafted by antithesis (the opposite of all that we hold true).