Patriot means person devoted to and ready to defend his or her country. The word patriotism is from Greek word "patris" means fatherland.
Patriotism means a person's love office motherland the country which he leaves in. This is the noble virtue because one's native land is more glorious than heaven itself.
Patriots have noble duties to their motherland. They should place it above everything else in the world.
The country's well-being and prosperty are patriot's sole desire and intention. The patriots of a country work hard and whole heartedly to materialise these goals and objectives. They should be very dutyful, democratic and honest in their own life. They should feel for the compatriots. They should understand that other's prosperity is their own prosperty. A true patriot will also be very critical in spirit. He must criticise the country's policies if they are really detrimental to its interests. The Patriots should not be selfish and self-centered. They should share joys and sorrows with their fellowmen in the society.
But the true patriot must be sane and sensible. He must not love his country at the cost of others. He should not harvour any hatred for other countries of the world. He should be liberal and have the sense that he is part of the larger world family.