I heard this saying a long time ago. I don’t know who said it first, but I’ve always liked it:
Every nation honors its living conformists, and its dead trouble-makers.
It isn’t perfect; one can think of exceptions. But there’s still a kernel of truth at the heart of it that I like.
You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of Vanuatu. It’s an island nation in the South Pacific with barely 200,000 citizens. On the list of “Fun Things to Do In Vanuatu,” #1 is probably something like, “Go to New Zealand for the weekend.”
I couldn’t have told you anything about the place myself until the other day. Suffice it to say that a project I was working on required me to find Vanuatu on a map. It turned out that Wikipedia.org has a tidy little entry about it. The part that caught my eye was the name of their national anthem: “Yumi, Yumi, Yumi.” I’m not sure of the translation of the word; all I can do is offer the following, which should probably carry a title something like “The Vanuatu National Men’s Choir Singing Our Glorious National Anthem.”