Americans have characteristics sympathetic to the sufferings of other human beings. Of course, one might say, because we're obviously interested in human rights. As a nation building itself for over 200 years, we have certain national cultural inclinations.
We are also convinced that human beings are God's chosen creatures. Yet almost all of the defects that human beings have been purported to have had as long as 5000 years ago are still with us. However, these defects were found among hundreds of thousand of people then and today are found among billions.
Americans are happy that we invented our democratic government and believe in it so much that we are willing to go to war to export it abroad. Consequently we've not missed many opportunities to get involved in war over these years.
We've given a great deal of interest in improving living conditions in many countries abroad as well as in spending on many wars in that interest.
Wars, in addition to the ruin they bring to families, also have costly effects on our national economy. Yet we go into war without too much hesitation in the interest of our defense or in spreading our cultural thinking and human sympathy.
Today we are in one of those costly wars; yet it presents itself in the appearances of an enterprise, somewhat similar to that of any other industrial effort. Although we hear how costly it is in terms of money and lives, lives don't seem an important issue.
Some countries have sworn never again to go to war, while inclined to assist human beings living under many devastating conditions. Some of these countries not as religious as we are also spend a great deal on the welfare of their own. Few if any of these countries engage in war or are experiencing debt situations similar to ours.
We have millions in poverty and in need of adequate health care and many others unable to advance their educational goals. We are often reminded of how much we could do for these, our own people, if we did not have to shoulder the expenses of war.
Yet we don't know that that would be the situation if we were not engaged in war, as we have conflicts as to whether as rugged individuals it is our own responsibility to improve our individual condition or whether those not so rugged should be dependent on the sympathetic nature of others or that of our government. We seem to be split on that and have yet to evolve a more obvious cultural characteristic.