Pity the nation – – –

* Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion
* Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest
* Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero
* Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dreams, yet submits in its awakening
* Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block
* Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking
* Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again
* Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.

Khalil Gibran 1883 – 1931 A.D.

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