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“In Nothing We Trust” Needs Your Attention

May 18, 2012

I wish to share a link that takes you to a rather long–but I swear–most important read. Many have talked about this article from the National Journal over the past weeks, and I hope some of my readers will take the time to ponder it.

“In Nothing We Trust” is most unsettling, but not news if you have been watching and listening over the years to the angst in the nation.  This is one of those pieces that steps beyond political labels and partisanship and asks some serious questions about the state of the nation.

Seven in 10 Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track; eight in 10 are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed. Only 23 percent have confidence in banks, and just 19 percent have confidence in big business. Less than half the population expresses “a great deal” of confidence in the public-school system or organized religion. “We have lost our gods,” says Laura Hansen, an assistant professor of sociology at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. “We lost [faith] in the media: Remember Walter Cronkite? We lost it in our culture: You can’t point to a movie star who might inspire us, because we know too much about them. We lost it in politics, because we know too much about politicians’ lives. We’ve lost it—that basic sense of trust and confidence—in everything.”

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