I think Mr. Keller's views represent a very distinct mindset in America, indeed perhaps even a substantial portion of the voting populace.
This, of course, is unfortunate.
Firstly, it's interesting to note that nowhere in Mr. Keller's piece is an iota of concern exhibited for anyone outside of Mr. Keller's immediate family. It's as if the world consists of them and only them, and maybe just those irritating liberals who keep trying to get everyone to focus one someone other than themselves for a change.
In addition, his notion of "personal responsibility" seems to be an absolute; not allowing for floods, hurricanes, totalitarian rulers, economic depressions or any of the unendingly creative ways that Mother Nature or Fate
puts an end to anyone's best laid plans.
Albert Einstein (presumably one of those dumb, petty, jealous-of-others'-success lefties Mr. Keller was addressing in his article), once wrote in "The World As I See It": "Schopenhauer's saying, that "a man can do as he will, but
not will as he will," has been an inspiration to me since my youth up, and a
continual consolation and unfailing well-spring of patience in the face of the
hardships of life, my own and others'.
If individuals could indeed "will as they will", it might lend Mr. Keller's argument some weight and credibility. But the fact to which anyone living in the real world can attest is: they can't.
This unfortunately being the case, Mr. Keller's pat response to any segment of humanity in any kind of genuine need apparently is, "Well tough luck, but don't look to me for any help. I look out for #1, and that's ME, ME, ME!!!" As charming, mature and "Christian" as this may seem, I'm not sure even Mr. Keller would have preferred that the first responders reaction to the people trapped in the buildings on 9/11 be, for example: "Tough luck, it's not our problem!!!"
But perhaps he would.
In any event, tragically, this kind of ego-centric, self-seeking, me and mine type of thinking has not only found a place in this country, but has actually been allowed to become institutionalized.
Thank you, Mr. Keller, for taking the time to step away from your mirror for a moment to share some of your personal philosophy with us...