Are there personal traits that someone might have that can bring us, Americans, closer? For some stupid reason we have as a nation behaved like rivals. Our public discourse has been coarsening and it has lowered the threshold for acting out, being rude, being unkind. Is that who we are deep inside or are we more evolved, or are we both? We can choose by deciding which one we feed. If it only takes a bully pulpit for someone to expose us for who we really are, then we need to be very careful who we give the bully pulpit.
We have become gullible. If we identify as red then we more easily believe the negative we hear and read about the blue and the positive about the red. The blue have the same gullibility.
We have become all or nothing politically and while The United States of America is the world’s most dominant economic and military power with the best hospitals and universities, and with its cultural imprint spanning the world, led in large part by its popular culture expressed in music, movies and television, other countries are happier and healthier.
Ranking of the Top 10 Countries in the World, Best Countries Report, U.S. News & World Report based on being seen as a stable and safe society in which individuals can develop and prosper, and is open, fair and equitable:
6. United States
7. New Zealand
8. United Kingdom
So, who is going to bring us together and stop the petty bickering that ignores so much that we have in common and want? Let’s look at traits.