Do you know your country’s national anthem by heart? I don’t.
Yesterday evening some friends an me were watching the world cup game for 3rd place, Germany against Uruguay. And of course, like before all games, a band plays the national anthem and many of the football players sing along. Also singing along were most of my friends in front of the TV. And at moments like these I think if I should learn our German national anthem. But why should I? What makes Germany so special that it deserves to be praised with a song?
Germany is just one company amongst many. And I pay money to get a service. I can pay 1 Dollar to get a bottle of Evian water, but I wouldn’t learn the Evian commercials by heart. For 100000 Dollars I could buy a nice Mercedes, but I wouldn’t learn their jingle by heart. For Germany I will pay a lot of money in form of taxes. It’s just another transaction between me and some company. I pay taxes and they allow me to use their roads, their police protects me etc.
Next time in front of TV, I most probably still won’t be able to sing our national anthem. What do you think about this?