Ok, time to call a spade a spade… During our prayer time this morning, I was reading the kids some writings of Dorothy Day (co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement). At one point, she wrote that people in this society often grow up quite selfish, continually expecting things. (A ‘culture of narcissism,’ if you will.) Thus, if you have a majority of people who are are selfish, then it makes for a country that is, well, selfish. In the face of rapidly evolving global warming that is already causing lethal droughts and flooding, super-charged hurricanes, super-charged typhoons… America is dragging it’s feet (particularly the Republicans) on dramatic (and quick ) cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. Why? Because selfish people don’t like to sacrifice. As an example, they don’t want to be warm in the summer (lose the air-conditioning), colder in the winter (cut back the thermostat), while we’re phasing in more and more clean, renewable alternative energy technology. So those involved with the Climate Conference last week in Cancun, Mexico, had to settle for secondary (and far less impacting) responses to global warming. Does this make us in the U.S. (even narcissistic initials, huh) morally culpable for the climate deaths happening around the world now, and in the future? Well, sure.