Attending to the pursuit of virtue rather than profit or pleasure may sound positively un-American, but the string of best sellers chronicling the lives of the Founding Fathers suggests otherwise. Flaws and failings notwithstanding, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin actively focused on cultivating and projecting good character, which included public service. “Nowadays you don’t hear people saying that they’re working on becoming a better person, but once upon a time, they did. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of just working out at the gym, we’d go off and focus on doing something that makes us better people?”
Capitalism! A great liberty in theory, but perhaps not the best form of national ethos, as compounded by time and greed.
I mean the Holy See himself was in America not two months ago, addressing a joint session of Congress (in English) to essentially say, “Friends — get your collective shit together.”
It would be an insurmountable task, to reverse the corruption and hypocrisy and greed of an entire nation.
It must start at an individual level.
It must first come from within.