the Arrogance of Power

In her relations with Asian nations, as indeed in her relations with all of the revolutionary or potentially revolutionary socities of the world, America has an opportunity to perform services of which no great nation has ever before been capable. To do so we must acquire wisdom to match our power and humility to match our pride. Perhaps the single word above all others that expresses America’s need is “empathy,” which Webster defines as the “imaginative projection of one’s own consciousness into another being.”

J. William Fulbright

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