The planet stamps or the flag stamps?

My wife and I were in the kitchen talking about mailing a letter and Lanya asked if we had any stamps. Yes, we have the planet stamps or the flag stamps. I know you’d go for the planet ones, but I may feel more patriotic than you. Then I asked myself is that really true? Is patriotism a good thing? I think it mostly is — when it affirms the value of relationships — but boy mine looks a lot different that some of the flag waving foolishness from the election. Yuck. “When the country falls into chaos politicians talk about patriotism”.

 

Tao Te Ching Chapter 18

when the great Tao is abandoned
charity and righteousness appear
when intellectualism arises
hypocricy is close behind

when there is strife in the family unit
people talk about brotherly love
when the country falls into chaos
politicians talk about patriotism

public domain modern paraphrase by John H. McDonald

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