We have taken over whole countries to suit our needs - Panama when we needed a canal, Central America and Hawaii for fruit, Iraq for the possibility of controlling its oil.
We have become the richest nation on earth, and as a corollary, the fattest. We have become lazy, greedy, selfish and brutal. We have stopped caring about - or even acknowledging - our fellow human beings around the world. (emphasis mine)
News of this outer world is crammed into 22 minutes on television in the evening, or ever-changing headlines on the Internet. We barely turn around to see people running from bombs. We can't hear their screams over the clatter of our dishes.
Untold millions are dying from AIDS and it barely scratches the surface of our happy, bountiful world. Polar bears are drowning and the planet is choking on our fumes. Darfur is dying of starvation while butter melts on our pancakes. The Israelis are bombing the Lebanese while we enjoy our eggs. Iraq has fallen into civil war for no good reason except that our president likes to play at being a man.