Even before reading this article, I knew there was something wrong about America. Some kind of disconnect between people that now after reading this article has boiled down to a simple topic; that people don't trust each other anymore. We have generally accepted this; people lie, everyone is out to get you, you can only trust yourself, and you have to look out for yourself. When writing it like this, It makes society seem disappointing, which after reading this article, it seemed like it was.
I personally think we are living through a decline. Our government has been the center of distrust for a while now, even if I personally trusted the last president, I know that many in this country do not. Today, I do not trust our government to do the right thing because it seems like it rarely does. Although this country has so many powerful movements protesting and fighting for social justice, it took slow decline to get here. There was no turning point. Maybe there will be a switch someday to bring us back to the numbers of trust we had decades ago, but for now, especially in 2020, things just keep going down. Movements like Black Lives Matter, despite being a meaningful movement, makes me feel like we still haven't gotten anywhere to give people basic rights. Police shootings show me that even law enforcement officers make their choices based on trust, which we have none of.
I agree with a lot of things that @peguinsintherain said about the United States of America. I understand why people would have pride in their country, but honestly, I don't see it for America. I think that America used to be a role model country. Maybe not ideal or even close to perfect, but the freedom our country represented was a great success in parts of the 20th century. I also think that today, if you have pride in our country, your either nostalgic or disregarding the obvious flaws we have. Almost every group of people other than white christian males face some kind of oppression and inequality. I do have pride in aspects of our country such as our ability to get a majority of people basic human needs, which is much better than other countries, but we are behind other well developed nations in so many things, our country and government can often feel like an embarrassment.
I think that I have grown up in the "age of disappointment" due to the prominence of social media. Almost every problem we see has been laid out in front of us, and just scrolling through the political side of instagram and reading the comments is disappointing. Watching our government is the same kind of thing. Our government just continues to ignore issues, one after the other. It's disappointing.
I partly agree with Yuval Levin. Right now, in a period of high trust, this is exactly what is happening. People feeling failed by the industries that make up our country. However, I believe that a good person should always think "what can we do." Even if you feel like the government is failing you, you should always ask what can we do and think of a way to fix it
All these current events just continue the roll down the hill. COVID strengthened our disconnect and mistrust of people to do the right thing. The killing of George Floyd just strengthened the mistrust we have in the government and law enforcement to protect us. Fear just encapsulated these issues. Fear makes us think about only ourselves and disregard others for our own safety. In the end, America right now is less like a mess and more like a downward spiral thats just getting faster.