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Friday, February 09, 2007

What is the great Amercican sin? Extravagance? Vice? Graft? No; it is a kind of half-humorous, good-natured indifference, a lack of "concentrated indignation" as my English friend calls it, which allows extravagance and vice to flourish. Trace most of our ills to their source, and it is found that they exist by virtue of an easy-going, fatalistic indifference which dislikes to have its comfort disturbed....The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events. This is the great American sin. ~Joseph Fort Newman, Atlantic Monthly, October 1922

1 Comments:

Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

Yes, Americans are now too demoralized to be outraged about anything except Paris Hilton or who got kicked off of American Idol.

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