But many Americans don’t even want to wear masks, let alone shoot themselves in the foot and slow their economic growth by adopting green policies. The US is individualistic rather than collectivist, meaning that Americans no longer even believe in the American Dream. It’s dog eat dog, since Americans don’t feel united as a country; on the contrary, they’re divided into tribes that are virtually locked into a cold war. When told to wear masks to delay the spread of the virus, the technocratic liberals oblige but the conservatives take the order as a threat to their manhood. It must be like herding cats.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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