08 July 2011



I struggle with what most consider patriotism or at least with how it is publicly displayed and regarded. I love my fellow country-people. the good things that have come from this nation throughout history, and many of the grand ideas of the founders, but despite that I still feel like an outsider when the topic comes up. One day perhaps I'll be able to put my finger on it. Until then, this is what I could muster on patriotism for July 4th:

There is a beautiful ethic of oneness that we can all appreciate in patriotism. Redeeming it from a nationalism of better-thans to an open, neighborly gratitude is the tough thing with which we are tasked. May all of our neighbors be blessed today. 
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