Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea
of America, an idea born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea infused with the conviction that America's journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
Gervinus, Schlosser, and others, for instance, at one time prove Napoleon to be a product of the Revolution, of the ideas of 1789 and so forth, and at another plainly say that the campaign of 1812 and other things they do not like were simply the product of Napoleon's misdirected will, and that the very ideas
of 1789 were arrested in their development by Napoleon's caprice.
6) It is in this fuller sense, the very idea
that being human bears within it the insinuation of divine vocation, that I want to make the case for "vocation" as the missing element, and therefore the restorative agent for liberal arts, even as liberal arts are necessary to a humane culture.
The very idea
that Berlin has a master idea has, however, the air of paradox about it.