Patriotism and its true meaning

“I realise that patriotism is not enough.  I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone”.

Those are the words of the wisely courageous Edith Louisa Cavell (1865-1915).   Cavell was a British nurse who helped the Allied soldiers to escape occupied Belgium.  A monument is dedicated to her in London just opposite the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery.  When you’re rushing up towards Covent Garden from Trafalgar Square, pause for a moment and consider the wisdom and humanity of this great woman.

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