Quote by Bertrand Russell
Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
This quote points out the discrepancy in the rhetoric of those who claim to be patriots. It suggests that often, people are eager to speak of sacrifice and devotion to their nation but refrain from discussing the darker aspects, such as violence and killing. It invites us to reflect on the idealized image of patriotism and how it can sometimes overlook the harsh realities that come with defending one's country.
In a swamp, as in meditation, you begin to glimpse how elusive, how inherently insubstantial, how fleeting our thoughts are, our identities. There is magic in this moist world, in how the mind lets go, slips into sleepy water, circles and nuzzles the banks of palmetto and wild iris, how it seeps across dreams, smears them into the upright world, rots the wood of treasure chests, welcomes the body home.