Lately, I’ve been struck by a dramatic decrease in kind-heartedness that seems to have permeated much of the American landscape. It’s as if the tough economic times have exposed a core vulnerability in the human fabric of what we thought was our resilience, resulting all too quickly in a posture of collective resignation and/or a laissez-fare attitude. If I were kind I might describe this core vulnerability as the exposure our collective naiveté. Somehow, in spite of 9/11, we continued to believe that we were (or ought to be) infallible and impermeable. If I were not so kind, I might describe this core vulnerability as the exposure of our collective grandiosity. We ought to be impermeable? We ought to get what we want when we want it? When did ‘I wish I could have’ turn into ‘I deserve to have and have it now’?