He revered his 6th Standard English teacher – an ex-serviceman. He vividly remembered the very first lesson of the class. ‘What is the opposite of – I love my country?’ It’s easy. ‘I hate my country.’ Incorrect. ‘You’d be court-martialed if you said something in an army set up,’ said the teacher. The right answer. “I don’t hate my country.”
It was both a lesson in English and in patriotism. You can either love your country or not hate it.
The lesson came back to him when he was reading a news report on his country’s ex-Army Chief being involved in anti-national activities. The report went totally against his long held beliefs about the army, and people leading such institutions. Defensive reasoning. It is a motivated report. There were legible reasons to believe that the report may be part of a vendetta. Was it time to broaden his horizons?
“If you question everything, what do you believe in?”