We have now finished our exposition of the Laws of Nationalities. It only remains for us to consider as briefly as possible how to exploit them in the interests of Reason and Love…. If Nationalism is bad, Individualism is worse…. “To feel living within me,” [Amiel] cries, “all the categories in which humanity scatters itself is a joy.” In truth he felt none of them. You cannot be anything if you want to be everything. But if you are content to be something, you may by analogy be many things. To feel like the French patriot you must love not France but England. The brotherhood of the peoples is not barred by the plurality of patriotisms. It takes two men to make one brother. Internationalism, so far, then, from being the antithesis of Nationalism, actually requires nations to interrelate.
In this hour of his regeneration-day, his genius gave his heart the fiery baptism of a love, which clasped all men and all creatures into its flames. There are certain precious minutes of rapture—ah, why not years?—when an inexpressible love towards all human creatures flows through thy whole life, and opens thy arms softly to every brother.