This might seem like a stupid question – but it seems to me, to be the most important question we can ask ourselves.
Sometime in the middle of the 19th Century, we started to think of ourselves as better than people. And in a sense, we were.
We had discovered Objective Reality – as contrasted to the Subjective Reality that we had lived in before. New concepts of space and time that let us think about the very big and the very small. And let us plan for the future.
Living in Costa Rica, part of Latin America, I can see how they are handicapped by not being able to do this. Americans can do a cost/benefit analysis for any problem that comes up – and select the best solution. Latinos cannot.
On the other hand, they do have a big advantage – they still like people, and consider themselves people. When Americans do not.
I am finally getting to the main thing I wanted to talk about in this posting – America’s attitude toward people. They consider themselves superior beings – better than people, and able to take advantage of them.
They acquired this attitude directly from the British, and their British Empire. When this ended, at the end of WWII, the Americans took over.
American organizations (especially American Corporations) moved into positions of power, and took control of the global economy.
Americans identified with this power, not with the people it subjugated – including many of their own people. The people in control of any organization, had power over those below them, and considered them secondary beings.