Thank you for your coverage of the many Veterans Day activities that took place around the Triangle. I was reminded of statements made over the years that distinguish, for me, nationalism from patriotism. “My country, right or wrong” is the archetype of the nationalist. The patriot adds, “When right to be kept right, when wrong to be set right.” True patriots love their homeland but also understand the absurdity of stopping love at the border.
Loving one’s country and its neighbors is sacred. But nationalism, if it leads to the elevation of one country above all others, is a sacrilege leading to idolatry. The worship of one nation (or one’s position in that nation) blinds us to the needs of our human family and steels us against reverence for the whole of creation, without which we will surely destroy ourselves.
John Heuer, Pittsboro