There’s a lot to ponder in Why Americans Are So Awful to One Another:

The most important story about why Americans have become sad and alienated and rude, I believe, is also the simplest: We inhabit a society in which people are no longer trained in how to treat others with kindness and consideration. Our society has become one in which people feel licensed to give their selfishness free rein.

Rian van der Merwe Elezea // The B-Sides