“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” Mark Twain, 1935
Discuss: What did Mark Twain mean by this? What is a patriot?
A patriot is someone who loves their country more than him/herself.
The fourth verse of the song “America the Beautiful” is:
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
We often think of people such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others like them when we think of patriots.
Discuss: In what way did America’s Founding Fathers see beyond their years? Do you think they were ever hated or scorned for their vision?
Discuss: Who would you consider a modern patriot, perhaps one who is still being scorned, at least by some political groups in the country?
Discuss: How could we develop a similar vision to those of America’s Founding Fathers?