Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Be the force of example!

George F. Kennan's comment in 1999 on the U.S. and their presence in the world:

"This whole tendency to see ourselves as the center of political enlightenment and as teachers to a great part of the rest of the world strikes me as unthought-through, vainglorious, and undesirable. If you think that our life here at home has meritorious aspects worthy of emulation by peoples elsewhere, the best way to recommend them is, as John Quincy Adams maintained, not by preaching at others but by the force of example. I could not agree more."
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