This one is full of important insights, the best thing I’ve read all day. Thank you for this:
“ …we redefine our identity predicated not upon its opposition to others, but on broader, humanistic ideals. That pride, and a spirit of social unity and responsibility, can just as much stem from a society’s sense of openness and fairness as from patriotic fervor.”
I agree, but I think it’s harder to cultivate this universal sense of human solidarity than it is to stimulate tribal urges. We’re facing an uphill battle.