American’s moral reasoning is in the crapper. Christian nation, my arse. We are a pagan nation and we mostly worship Mammon, the god of Money.
Money seems to be to be our highest national value, followed closely by that stuff you buy with money, property. Our entire legal system and law enforcement seems to be geared to protect the property of wealthy people. But our leaders keep insisting that their actions are moral-in fact, more moral than other nations-and that’s why the U.S. should rule the world-and make money doing it. Win-win.
This hypocrisy fools no one except those who want to be fooled.
I just asked some college students if they could push a button and some random person somewhere in the world would be killed, while simultaneously one million dollars would be deposited in their bank account-would they do it? I would like to report wrinkled brows, hesitation as they pondered the question. I would like to report that, but they all promptly said, “Yes.”
“It might be your little sister,” I said. “I thought you said you said a random person?” “Your little sister could be that random person,” I pointed out. “Then, no.”
“How about a three-year old in Bangladesh?”
“Yes, because life is miserable there and they would be better off dead.”
“How about a three-year old in Germany?”
“Not for a million, no.”
“For more money?”
“Maybe. How much?”
We have already established that you are a killer for hire, now we are just haggling about the price?”
I saw a little light go on in their brain-I could see it right through their eyes. “Wait-what am I saying?” Just a little light in a previously dark and empty room. Which leads me to believe that people are capable of moral reasoning, but perhaps it takes a bit of stimulation to crank up our moral reasoning apparatus.