July 4, 2012

Reflecting on American Exceptionalism

Some July 4 blog cross-promotion...American exceptionismImagine that an acquaintance were to inform you that he thinks he is "better than you." Assuming that your initial reaction is not one of anger, you might ask an obvious question, "Better than me at what?" Perhaps this acquaintance is more skilled than you are in a particular area, and that is all he means. But how would you react if he were to come back with something like this:
No, you don't get it. I am a better person than you in the sense that I am morally superior to you. Your needs and desires are irrelevant to me, except in so far as they might advance my own. I do not need to follow rules that you must follow. I am right because of who I am and not because of what I do or what you think. And it is not just you - I am better than everyone.
I think we can agree that the view expressed by this acquaintance is pathological and that we would probably not want to maintain a relationship with someone who operated this way. So why do we have such a difficult time not recognizing that we are doing this on a national scale?

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