Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The Church of Fools has a sermon by Tony Campolo. Too often, Americans don't know what the rest of the world thinks, and don't care. That's arrogance. Seeing yourself as others see you is a learning experience.

"I recently was in on an interview with a journalist from Indonesia. An American asked him the same question that you and I are asking: "Why do so many people around the world hate the United States?"

The journalist answered, "Because you have disappointed us. We expected better of you than you have demonstrated over the past few years. We used to think that America was the ideal nation. Yours was a country in which there was justice for all and your people showed us a generous spirit. That no longer seems to be the case. Whether it is true or not, we now see America as an arrogant bully, using its power to impose its will on other nations."

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