For the Fourth of July, a peek back at one of the more talked-about articles in recent Friends Journal history, Tony White’s The Immortality of Patriotism. A sample:
Patriotism clouds our judgment; it hinders objectivity and detracts from our ability to assess political situations rationally. Patriotism biases us toward our country’s perspective, encumbering our desire and ability to consider outside perspectives. Put briefly, patriotism breeds conformity and closed-mindedness. Furthermore, patriotism makes us overly trusting of those in power over us, and susceptible to abuses of that power.
This was published before I came as the Journal’s editor. The letters forum and Google searches will pull up some very insightful critiques that basically points out the discrepancies between the secular lefty critique of the article and the historic Friends peace testimony. Over on the Friends Journal Facebook page, there’s a lively discussion currently happening about patriotism and the Fourth.
(H/T to Danny Coleman for the reminder link to White’s article)