What an anthem should be
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Perhaps more than at any time of the year, our national anthem is played all over the place whenever we celebrate our supposed independence. Yet, even though I am told that I must show respect for our national anthem by standing with my hands by my side, whenever I hear that anthem, I cannot help but feel the need to hold my hands out front - like a beggar hoping to get something.
A national anthem is supposed to instil pride in one's country. Ours is one that reminds me that we are experts at begging. However, there are anthems out there that makes any normal person take note. For me, the four best anthems in the world, from least to beast are the North Korean, British and Russian or Soviet anthems.
All of them speak to the very strong determination of their peoples.
So, while I struggle to restrain myself from finding the nearest begging bowl when I hear our national anthem, I hope that the day will come when we will see the need to grow up and give ourselves one that can truly make us proud.
MICHAEL A. DINGWALL