“True Patriot Love”

Michael Ignatieff writes:

“In the romantic view, the country that actually exists is a shadow of what it could be. The real country, the object of love and longing, is an imagined place on the horizon that we hope to reach one day, if we can marshal sufficient courage, faith, and determination.” (p.10)

“Countries should have a moral meaning. A country is a common enterprise that calls us out of our solitude. It calls us out of the cocoon of our selves. It appeals to us to be better, to reach out, to trust and to share. The fact that we are only rarely capable of what the country demands of us is not the main point. The main point is that it asks us to try.” (p.17)

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