Jeremiah Wright on the America Me First Superpower
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright warns that our selfish, hedonistic and violent culture has turned us away from values, including self-sacrifice, that make possible harmony and the common good. This selfishness and narcissism, Wright argues, is a form of blasphemy.
“We got so focused in on being No. 1, on being the superpower,” he said. “When the Cold War ends we reign supreme. Empire, corporate interest and business interests take over. We got so focused on that and the media hype, media of course being owned by the corporations, that the … core principles that I feel should have been our guiding principles … got completely lost.
“We substituted the prayer of Jesus with the prayer of Jabez. ‘Increase my territory. Enlarge my territory.’ If you notice, the model prayer the Lord taught us as the Lord’s disciples — and I realize that the country is not all Christian—but just in terms of the principles that I believe cut across interfaith lines and boundaries …. The Lord’s Prayer has no first person singular pronoun. It’s ‘our,’ ‘we,’ ‘us.’ That got lost.”
“We became a ‘me’-focused, kind of dog-eat-dog, Ayn Rand, social Darwinist, survival of the fittest, be strong, and with no care, no concern, no compassion for those that are not born above the scratch line,” Wright said. “And no concern to make the communities in which they live and the world in which we live a community which really cares about all of God’s children, regardless of their colors and regardless of their faith.”
[Excerpt of Truthdig article by Chris Hedges]