Patriotism and the ability to have a deep sense that our lives encompass greater spheres are not mutually exclusive. They can reside within one person at the same time.
We can appreciate many ideals that were the foundation of this nation and have drawn so many to its shores. These ideals are in the heart and soul of most of us; it’s what makes us American.
But some of us can also can see beyond these ideals: the bigger picture if you will. The global picture, the human picture. And, to some, it seems this makes us less American.
We could argue about it–and many do now sadly. People can feel what they will. And many hold much anger these days.
For those of us, though, that are willing and able to be both a decent American and to see beyond our borders–then if our only reward is that we remember to have gratitude and love, then I suppose we have won in the end.