November 2015. Recent events and public reaction to those events remind me that gratitude must be more than a feeling to be worthwhile. American citizens have been blessed and should be grateful for the blessings we have. But the feeling of thankfulness looks like the empty vessel of a unshared experience when Americans are unwilling to assist others who have suffered the difficulties that led our ancestors to seek refuge here. The cruelty of dominating other nations is also more distasteful when the dominators proclaim their descent from those who sought freedom from domination. Americans need to remember the heritage they proclaim by sharing it with others.

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