Think for a moment about what stories we fixate on as a nation. A glance at our television and cinema shows that we respect what is powerful and violent--the conqueror, the dominator, the unrepentant victor. Our heroes impose their power on their enemies; they take "theirs" without remorse or reflection.
How many of our heroes are heroes because of their dedicated compassion? Their honest humility? How about their uncompromising love in the face of personal danger?
Have we as a culture narrowed down our virtues to the imposition of will? Is violent, unrelenting power all we find worthy to worship?