The Earth is a sphere. Rather than waste our time discussing the differences in the physical features of our planet and deflect the conversation, let me simply point out that if the Earth were not proportionally close to a perfect sphere, then our tilt, rotation, and even orbit would not be so nearly uniform and seasons would be even more erratic than they are currently becoming due to other factors.
Let us instead look at the societies on this sphere. One society in particular on this planet is constantly pumping its fist and, rather like an obnoxious child, is constantly yelling about its own superiority over all over societies. I am, of course, referring to the concept of American Exceptionalism.
The concept of American Exceptionalism was originally based on the idea that the United States was unique in that it was based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, and populism. These days the people of the US have transformed it to an ideology of superiority to the rest of the world.
However, liberty is not something uniquely American, nor is it something that Americans possess anymore. The nations of Western Europe and Scandinavia all enjoy liberties equal to or greater than that enjoyed by the US. And the citizens of the US suffer under forms of bondage such as student debt, while upward mobility has been all-but banished by the corporate overlords and the senators they own.
In addition, egalitarianism has never been a part of American society. The Constitution originally allowed slavery and did not allow women to vote. Women are still paid less than men, are still judged by the quality or sexiness of their clothing, and are thought of as creatures at the mercy of their biological impulses and hormones.
Populism was eliminated perhaps at the time of the creation of the Electoral College, but in reality it cannot exist in a nation with such profound levels of income inequality and where money equals speech. Lobbyists are the natural offspring of this society where populism has been disintegrated.
And lastly, individualism is most certainly not uniquely American, and it seems to be something slipping away from Americans. Everyone is a slave to their television; a staggering majority of people think it’s ok to have only 2 political parties; people think it is ok to have opinions concerning facts (like global warming, financial inequality, the moon landing, etc.); and on top of that they don’t even come up with their opinions on their own… they allow TV personalities to provide them with ready-made opinions based on self-interest.
However, let us give credit where credit is due: In the past, many great inventions have come from the US, many great minds were born there. In addition, the US is quite adept at importing talented and skilled individuals from all over the world. So if we wish to hem-and-haw and shrug a bit as a sign of partial acceptance of the greatness of the US, we may do so while observing that the US is mainly great due to its former open immigration policy. The US is a microcosm of the world, the place where great minds gather from all the sectors of the Earth.
But back to that sphere… On this sphere we have one nation claiming superiority over all the others, which happens to be the same nation that only feels comfortable if it is perpetually involved in an armed conflict. In addition, the US population numbers less than 5% of the world, yet Americans consume a little more than 25% of the world’s fossil fuels, thereby creating more Co2 and speeding up global warming. We (yes, I am a US citizen) are eroding the world and loudly claiming our superiority when we could just shut up and get to work fixing the damage we have caused.
And so again… The Earth is a sphere, and unless we are working towards a more swift destruction of this sphere, inequality in all its various manifestations should be eradicated.