In a message dated 4/10/03 4:27:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes: > have seen a room, a city, a country so frenzied and intoxicated that it > becomes a homogeneous mass, and all individuality is extinguished. In one > great surge of unanimity, every previously distinct impulse merges into a > single mass impulse, and hundreds, thousands, or millions are held captive > as they express themselves first with heroic, selfless devotion, in tears > and touching declarations, but then in madness and lust for war. My > instinct > as an artist has always warned me against this human capacity > to become drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective > hatred, or collective honor... Indeed, it makes me shudder, for while > others > weep with rapture and enthusiasm, cheering and venting and crying out about > brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going up in flames. > - Herman Hesse > O Canada Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The truth north strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.