I call our arrogance a disease because we are not able to correct it ourselves. We need professional help in the sense of being awakened to our denigrating thoughts and horrible behaviors. How can anyone be proud of being a racist, misogynist or any other undemocratic pariah? It seems that if we ignore it and only focus on what is best for us, then selfishness becomes our credo. We don't call it that instead we point our fingers at others with unceasing blame. I have no answer for our current state of mind. I see it for what it is but I have no great answer toward curing it other than to expose it for all to see and hope that truth can overcome arrogance.
There are too many in our American society who think that privilege and advantage should be theirs and only theirs. Our selfishness will be our undoing. The current political administration coming into power partly through foreign intervention refuses to accept the corruption involved and will only hasten our demise not so much from without but now even more dangerously from within. We will have no one else to blame when the dismantling of democracy is complete because we were too busy lording ourselves over others in some vain attempt to pretend we are better than we really are.