Patriotism, for the present, is as good for a nation as self-respect and a reasonable amount of ambition are good for the individual.
But a patriot should never forget that there is a wider vision of the world and of life than that which is confined within the horizon of patriotism.
The Romans were fighters; their Empire vanished.
The Arabs were fighters; their Empire vanished.
The Mongols destroyed Empires; their own vanished.
The Turks destroyed and killed; their Empire is gone.
History proves that all fighting races disappear. Only the non-fighters: Chinese, Indians, Persians, Jews, remain. "The meek shall inherit the world" says the Gospel. — "The weak overcomesthe strong." says Lao Tsz'.