Originally Posted by Wonderment
Yes, I think Bob got it right that our tendency toward exceptionalism (a form of narcissism/xenophobia/ethnocentrism) is precisely the force that suppresses our ability to take the perspective (empathize) of others. To the degree that we are narcissistic jingoists, we are oblivious to the needs and aspirations of others.
I think this detracts from the actual issue. By singling out narcissistic jingoists, that's still pointing
the finger at specific people who are narcissistic jingoists; in other words, it's assigning moral blame to morally culpable actors. The real question is how do they become that way? Have a peek at a Frank Luntz focus group
on their opinions of Ron Paul's foreign policy. Take a look at them. They are your narcissistic, xenophobic, nativistic, racist, whatever. They're seniors for chrissakes. They're our grandmothers and grandfathers and they send us birthday cards with $20 bills inside.
Their opinions are manufactured by Roger Ailes. Once he takes hold of you, you haven't got a chance.