Young commentator Rey Barry makes these:comments about many things which Americans have been taught to hold dear.
The US separates church and state
Justice will triumph
We have self-government
You cannot be forced to incriminate yourself
Americans have free speech
Americans have free radio and TV
No man is above the law
Corporate political contributions aren’t bribery
The best is yet to come
Abner Doubleday originated baseball
Some of his assertions of myth implying falsity touch us in a deep place: pride in our country.
Perhaps this is this simply provocation from an immature journalist. Is he right that every nation must teach that it is superior if it is to convince its soldiers to risk their lives?
What do you think of his hypothesis that inventing these things is a necessity for any national government?
If so, have we becoming so accepting now that we can understand that, although they are based on only partial truths, they enhance our performance and we should continue to teach them? Or, should we replace them with the real truth? Does it matter?
My feeling is that, although these statements have a strong ring of truth, there has been no conspiracy to enhance or burden us with these pleasant assertions about American society. Some of them are more goals than achievement but still worthy of striving for. After being proposed by various idealists, they gain credibility because we like them, and we repeat them until they become the common wisdom that we teach our children.
I think that truth always matters, but I am not sure that we are mature enough yet as a nation to face the untruths. Americans are no different in this respect than other peoples. We might become so if we could acknowledge the faults and fix them.
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