Earth Manifesto Insights
Dr. Tiffany B.
Twain observed in his Notebook:
man can be a Christian OR a patriot, but he can't legally be a Christian AND a
patriot --- except in the usual way: one
of the two with the mouth, the other with the heart. The spirit of Christianity proclaims the brotherhood of the race
and the meaning of that strong word has not been left to guesswork, but made
tremendously definite -- the Christian must forgive his brother man all crimes
he can imagine and commit, and all insults he can conceive and utter -- forgive
these injuries how many times? -- seventy times seven -- another way of saying
there shall be no limit to this forgiveness. That is the spirit and the law of Christianity.”
patriotism has its laws. And it also is
a perfectly definite one -- there are not vaguenesses about it. It commands that the brother over the border
shall be sharply watched and brought to book every time he does us a hurt or
offends us with an insult. Word it as
softly as you please, the spirit of patriotism is the spirit of the dog and
wolf. The moment there is a
misunderstanding about a boundary line or a hamper of fish or some other
squalid matter, see patriotism rise, and hear him split the universe with is
war-whoop. The spirit of patriotism
being in its nature jealous and selfish, it is just in man's line -- it comes
natural to him -- he can live up to all its requirements to the letter; but the spirit of Christianity is not in its
entirety possible to him.”
prayers concealed in what I have been saying is, not that patriotism should
cease and not that the talk about universal brotherhood should cease, but that
the incongruous firm be dissolved and each limb of it be required to transact
business by itself, for the future."
words are a cogent argument for supporting a strong separation between
the Church and the State!
Bierce, in The Devil's Dictionary provides this definition: "A hypocrite
is one who, preferring virtues that he does not respect, secures the advantage
of seeming to be what he despises."
"Be careless in you dress if you must, but
keep a tidy soul."
Mark Twain, Following the Equator
matter how predisposed people are to conservatism or how fervently committed
they are to trusting leaders that claim to represent God and righteousness, the
moral truth becomes ever-more starkly clear. Neoconservatism is corrupt and immoral; it is an extreme right-wing doctrine much more akin to political
fascism than to Constitutional democracy. We are forced to conclude that true patriotism is found in
questioning amoral authority, and in opposing the abuses of power that
characterize neoconservative ideologies!
--- Dr. Tiffany