Mr. Meyer, we share similar histories growing up. Yours in Indiana; mine in West Virginia. As a former public servant, I too believed what my civics and problems of democracy teachers taught: Greatest Nation on the planet, home of the free, land of the brave. Cop of the world. But as you clearly attest, only if one is male, white, Christian and has a steady income at honest work. Our collective perception of other nations was contrived and sketchy at best. Even though I traveled extensively, it wasn’t until I was able to Skype, WhatsApp and email with friends at a poor, primary school in northern Ghana, that I began to understand the inherent value of other cultures.
For that substantial percentage of Americans that still believes there is nothing wrong, despite evidence to the contrary, I am reminded of the chestnut:
Q. What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? A. I don’t know and I don’t give a damn.
Calculated, willful ignorance will be our downfall. Heaven help us all.