A True Patriot Throws Away Nationalism
A true religion throws away religion. I must be a true Christian, a true Buddhist, a true American, a true Iraqi, a true patriot.
A practitioner of one of these philosophies may say I am not a true believer, to identify with other religions and countries, but he would have misunderstood.
This perspective is the true path of Jesus and Buddha. They walk together as brothers, and for this reason, as I am concerned with every religion, so too am I concerned with none of them. I am concerned solely with the welfare of all mankind, of all the life of the earth.
A true patriot, likewise, is not concerned with red or blue, or any ideological perspective. He is concerned with the welfare of his country. Yet the greatest patriot of all belongs to no country. He is a citizen of the earth - of all nations, tribes, and animal kingdoms.
His fight is a fight for the welfare of the planet to which he belongs. His struggles are the struggles of the collective beings of the earth. His triumph is found in the equality, freedom, health and success of all beings finding happiness.
Namaste, my brothers and sisters of the Earth. On this 4th of July, may we all find that place!