Name: _____________________________________________ Global History II Date: _________________________ Patten The Discourse on the Love of Country Richard Price, 1789 Directions: ONE OF EACH: While reading the following piece, circle one sentence that you found to be important, one phrase, and one word. Be prepared to share your opinions. First, That by our country is meant, is not the soil or the spot of earth on which we 5 happen to have been born; not the forests and fields, but that community of which we are members; or that body of companions and friends and kindred who are associated with us under the same constitution of government, protected by the same laws, and bound together by the same civil government. Secondly, It is proper to observe, that love of country is our duty, our obligation to love our own families, friends, and country, and to seek, their good. 10 Thirdly, It is proper to distinguish between love of our country and that spirit of rival ship and ambition, which has been common among nations. What has it been but a love of domination; a desire of conquest, and a thirst for glory, by extending territory, and enslaving surrounding countries? It is very remarkable that the founder of our religion have recommended that 15 UNIVERSAL BENEVOLENCE (kindness) which is a nobler principle than any partial affections. They have stressed loving all men, even our enemies, is an essential part of virtue (goodness), that the religion they have preached may, by way of distinction from all other religions, be called the Religion of Benevolence. Our first concern, as lovers of our country, must be to enlighten it. Why are the 20 nations of the world so patient under despotism (dictatorship)? Enlighten them and you will elevate them. Show them they are men, and they will act like men. Give them just ideas of civil government. Set religion before them in worshipping God with a pure heart and practicing righteousness. If we serve our country, LIBERTY is the next great blessing. It is inseparable from 25 knowledge and virtue, and together completes the glory of a community. An enlightened and virtuous country must be a free country. It cannot suffer invasions of its rights, or bend to tyrants.... Explanation: 1. What sentence did you choose? Why did you select that sentence? 2. What phrase did you choose? Why did you select that phrase? 3. What word did you choose? Why did you select that word?