Bob Scheffer almost sums it up in regard to the poor working stiff trampled to death by rabid shopping-bots last Friday morning. I say almost because he assumes these are the people we've become.
In many really important respects, we USAmericans have always been that self-centered.
I can't help but notice a mentality akin to that of these shoppers writ large in our history of Manifest Destiny. After all, weren't entire nations of people trampled to death in the (predominantly white) USAmerican self-centered stampede for the "bargain" of their conquered lands?