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Them: Why We Hate Each Other — And How to Heal

Key insights from Ben Sasse's

Them: Why We Hate Each Other — And How to Heal


Key insights from Ben Sasse's

Them: Why We Hate Each Other — And How to Heal

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How America became so divided, why it matters, and what you can do about it.

<p>The United States is becoming increasingly divided as Americans are more suspicious of their institutions and each other. These problems won’t be solved by politics; rather, they require a strategy for recognizing and addressing America’s emotional wounds. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn why Americans feel isolated and how loneliness is contributing to the nation’s despair, how the contemporary news media exacerbates these issues, and the steps we can take to initiate healing. </p><br>

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Feel increasingly frustrated by today’s divided politics
  • Wonder why everyone can’t just get along
  • Are curious about the social and emotional factors that produce political unrest
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Introduction

Today, the United States has reached a new level of despair. Tribal divisions are the highest they’ve been since the Civil War. Marriages are crumbling, birth rates are declining, and average life expectancy is falling. The neighborhoods and communities that once gave meaning and purpose to daily life are disappearing. At the same time, more and more citizens are convinced that those who hold opposing viewpoints aren’t just misguided or naïve; they’re downright evil.

To repair the divisions and despair that plague the country, it’s important to understand the social, cultural,...

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