This article was originally published in Fortune Magazine.

We live in highly polarized times. Far-left activists act like the United States is a force for evil in the world, while far-right nationalists act as if they are the sole defenders of the American way of life. The patriotic sentiment that helps unite Americans is at risk of becoming another victim of the culture wars.

This should concern all Americans who wish to solve the pressing challenges of today and build a better tomorrow. A patriotic attitude that unites Americans plays a vital role in advancing our society and human progress.