If you make your country the guarantor of your ethical convictions, you will be disappointed.

Every empire, by its nature, is ethically compromised.

Statements like “America is great because American is good” or “Love Trumps Hate” will never be consistently proven by the people of the most powerful nation in the world.

As my African American friends have reminded me, the existential alienation many of us feel today has been their *entire* experience of this country.

Don’t expect your country to validate your deepest convictions. Be your own ethical guarantor instead.

The only compelling proof of your most-cherished beliefs is the fruit that comes from your own life.

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