Debts of Allegiance

To whom does one owe a greater debt of allegiance: ancestors or descendants? Put another way, does piety for the past or faith in the future warrant the larger investment of our intellectual resources?

I think of this every time I see Confederate flags displayed in windows and on cars. And then I shudder and wish for the evolution of the species.

I wrote this several weeks, or perhaps several months, ago. I don’t think I ever posted it because I was dissatisfied and unable to finish it. But here it is again, so I’m posting it “as is,” and hoping it’s not a repeat or a draft that found its way into another post and didn’t get deleted in the “drafts” folder as it should.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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