If people haven't learned by now they never will. And they haven't, have they? Never underestimate the bestial fear, ignorance & stupidity of the species, either.[M]uch more widespread among the readers who shared their thoughts [was ...] in most cases [...] not tied to any personal experience but an impression of the society or world at large. Put simply, a lot of readers told me that 2014 was the year they began to or finally did lose hope.
I mentioned yesterday that since my friends and professional acquaintances are disproportionately Democrats maybe the party's November drubbing played a role. That clearly had some effect. But there was something much more general.
Again and again, people shared a sense that things they thought were fixed or getting better were actually not getting better. And many readers shared a pessimism that they would not ever get better.
Case in point: Optimism. There is neither orthography nor punctuation to express adequately my disgust w/ & disdain for cheerful ninnies, but I'll give it a shot: WHAT IS WRONG W/ ALL OF YOU, AND WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO WISE UP TO THE GRIM REALITY OF THE LONG RUN??With pessimism about race relations or the economy, you might expect a sense of discontent married to a push toward activism. But the tone of many emails was a sense not only of pessimism but readers who felt they had been naive in their earlier optimism.