And so I am going to comment on a statement which has been felt to stand for American patriotism: the Pledge of Allegiance, recited in the classrooms of the land and at other gatherings of Americans.
I am not discussing the controversies around the Pledge, though they are important: There is the question of whether it should indeed be a school fixture, with every child compelled to proclaim his or her loyalty each day.
That purpose in a person is the thing to which we need to be loyal.
Allegiance to a person is to encourage the person’s care for the world, fairness to the world.
There is the phrase “under God,” inserted during the Mc Carthy era—in violation, many believe, of the First Amendment and of the separation between religion and state so crucial to American democracy.
What I look at here are the words of the Pledge, because doing so provides a chance to ask how we should see our nation. The horrible mistake people make about loyalty—whether to a person or a nation—is to make loyalty equivalent to going along with whatever the person, or whatever those running the nation, want to do.Contempt is the making of ourselves—and what we associate with ourselves—better than the rest of the world, and the feeling we “have the right to see other people and things pretty much as [we] please.”* What is true about loyalty to a person is true about allegiance to a land.The question of what it means to be loyal to America is a beautiful question.If you obeyed the law and had a black man who had reached New England sent back to Alabama and slavery, were you showing real allegiance to America?Or were you hideously disloyal to what America truly is, even though millions of people seemed to agree with you?In —of a person expressing what he or she is by being fair to an instance of the outside world.We need to give to America the justice which both science and art give.In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are publishing a collection of your stories. I have written on it recently and continue to, because Aesthetic Realism explains that love for country is a matter of ethics and aesthetics—in keeping with this Aesthetic Realism principle: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” The great 1968 lecture we are serializing has that principle at its basis.Latinos are some of the most diverse people in the U. And there’s no one narrative that can encapsulate the Latino experience.So we want to hear your stories about what it means to be Latino.