Sunday, January 25, 2009

What does it say about us?

What does it say about us Americans that our national anthem is all about victory in battle? It exhorts our "banner" (an emblem of battle), and brags about our "rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air". Contrast this with a hypothetical national song which would celebrate our being people who relish freedom, equality and peace. Which would creat the most constructive attitudes in the minds of our youth? Which would place our values in the best order of priority? Which would create the best image in the eyes of other countries?

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2 Comments:

At Tuesday, January 27, 2009 , Blogger Batull said...

Hi Frank,

If only all the citizens of the world had a broader vision and thought like you did... we would all sleep a lot easy.As Indians, where non-violence and tolerance is supposed to be our way of life, we are instead a nation embroiled in religious disharmony...as the world is shrinking so is our dream of secularity with rampant discrimination against minorities...I too hope and pray that wars end and peace prevails...

 
At Tuesday, January 27, 2009 , Anonymous Frank said...

Batull,

Thanks very much for your comment affirming mine. It is good to hear from someone who understands my concerns. Let's keep talking and striving together to promote better understanding and peace.

Frank

 

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