Question I have been considering as I have recently begun embracing Sikhism - kase, turban and bani. I was watching a video on american exceptionalism - the idea that america is something special and is a example to the rest of the world. It seems that most of the founding fathers agreed on this one. It seems it is this idea that was a driving force for many of these men; they were driven to do great things because they were driven to make there country better etc. Now with the lens of sikhism I find it hard to by into any nationalism at all. And for that matter any identity what so ever. I feel detached from all of it. Problem is I think you need to be attached to some sort of banner to progress in life and to motivate you further. My question is how does a person motivate themselves and at the same time avoid the five theives. And if someone has suggestions, could they also provide examples of people as well?