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Oct
28th
2021

On the End: Addendum · 3:50am Oct 28th, 2021

I realized there's another notable moral one could draw from everything that happened with the Elements of Patriotism. It's one you likely won't notice without some thought, a fridge moral if you will; normally I'd say that a moral that takes effort to find is no moral at all, but in this case I feel it's significant enough to break that rule.

The Elements of Patriotism demonstrate that incomplete harmony can turn into no harmony at all; blind allegiance to a particular aspect of harmony to the exclusion of all others will ultimately lead you astray. In an abstract way, Danu wasn't entirely wrong; different kinds of harmony will inevitably be in conflict with each other at times. But what he didn't recognize is that it's not the conflicts themselves that are a problem; the problem is when those who encounter the conflict automatically pick their favorite aspect rather than considering both sides to figure out the best path. (And perhaps the Elements of Patriotism are the most susceptible to such partisanship; love is love whether it's categorized as friendly, familial, or romantic, and it's hard to share a history or a purpose without developing some bond, but a nation can simply be without doing or inspiring anything. A nation needn't come with memories, nor must it demand any action, and an identity that everyone around you shares only really bonds you to the identity.)

And this is ultimately the source of a lot of the bad in the world. Few people seek truly disharmonious ends; most generally work towards the good of some group, be it family, friends, country, religion, or something else. Some seek to benefit many people; others care for only a few. But when they don't care how they affect others so long as they benefit their chosen group, bad things happen.

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Definitely a fridge moral, but still a very good one.

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