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Patriotism is easy enough during war. For one thing, people become actively conscious of their country when it is threatened. For another, since everyone or nearly everyone feels it, there is a strong collective emotion flowing through the country. But when the war is over the country recedes from the consciousness, and it is rarely even at the back of their mind. The question, “Am I doing any good to the country?” does not occur to the mind; and even the question, “Is what I am doing good or bad for the country?” arises only rarely. A limited patriotism is better than none, but it is not enough.
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