The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.
“Life. How easily everyone, including himself, said the word. Life must go on, everyone routinely agreed. And yet how few asked what it was, and why it was, and if it was the only life or the mere amphitheatre to something quite different. Arthur was frequently baffled by the complacency with which people went on with… with what they insouciantly called their lives, as if both the word and the thing made perfect sense to them.”
~ Julian Barnes, Arthur and George
Why did people imagine that progress consisted of believing in less, rather than believing in more, in opening yourself up to more of the universe?