September 11… a Few Questions.
Americans are not very good at self-reflection. Whether this is an American cultural trait or a result of hyper-nationalism and national myths is a good question. Meaning, this lack of self-reflection could be part of a toxic brew. It also could be the result of being a great power. One thing that we have seen historically is that the super-powers of their age tend to develop a sense of superiority over other cultures. Rome did it. Spain did it. The British did. We are, and American exceptionalism is one form it takes.