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But the poems do not merely portray heroic death in battle. Much more poignantly, they celebrate sacrifice – and through it, the values which life has been given away for. Indeed, no victory could make so strong a statement; only defeat underwrites the significance of the sacrifice. The following poem speaks further to this point. Mira Crouch 47 ____________________________________________________________ “The End of the Serbian Kingdom” In this song, a saint, in the shape of a falcon, brings a letter from the Holy Mother to Tsar Lazar.

Our second constraint is of a different nature: (C2) National mourning should not be frequently proclaimed. Notice that (C2) is a constraint on proposed criteria for proclamation of national mourning. (C2) means that a criterion should pass the following test: If it is used, under more or less ordinary circumstances, as the sole grounds for proclamation of national mourning, chances are very high that national mourning won’t be frequently proclaimed. The reason for constraint (C1) was strictly moral.

New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1994. Originally published (1851-52), The National Era. Boston: John P. Jewett and Company. Collective Emotions and National Mourning Asa Kasher The present paper is about collective emotions in general and about collective mourning in particular. The first part of the paper will outline a philosophical conception of collective emotions. The next part will present an application of that conception to the case of public mourning, as practiced in various states. Proposals will be mentioned for the proper practice of national mourning, which have recently been made by a public commission, headed by the author.

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