Those myths keep rearing their ugly heads...
Today, I have had such a conversation with people who are really good folks I'm sure. Yet they hold fast to the basic beliefs we as a people born in this country really, really want to believe. One such myth is that we have gone around the world helping people in order to spread democracy and freedom; another is that other people envy us and our lifestyles and want what we have; and that everyone in this country has choices, opportunities, and the ability to become 'rich' by U.S. standards if only they avail themselves of such choices, opportunities, and life style.
Afterall, how could new age religions have hold of so many of these 'good people'?
We don't want to see the truths: one, that we have gone around the world helping ourselves do other people's resources, making sure we (our corporations) are free to take what they want, wherever they want, from whomever they want.
two: I think the truth is that most people want to live in their own countries, that most people love their countries and believe where they live is the best, most wonderful place - or they would believe such things if they had not suffered colonization, genocide, rape, and the total destruction of the ancestors ways of life.
three: that opportunities and choices are available in abundance or scarcity according to where you fit on the scale from skin color, sex, class, religion, sexual preference, and the number of children you are responsible for supporting and caring for.