When we speak of  saints, sages, mahatmas and peacemakers, we are usually referring to the great friends of humankind- the citizens of the whole. But to be such is not easy, nor is it popular. To be citizens of the whole means to place our patriotism within the context of universal human rights, our idea of personal happiness within the context of the common good, and our religion (or lack thereof) in the context of universal compassion and reverence.