I’m afraid many people have gotten completely numb already, Adam, Diabetic Cyborg. They’ve accepted this is how Cheeto-in-chief is, much as they’ve accepted online vitriol comes with using the internet, much as they’ve accepted you need to yell as loud as possible to be heard…

This kind of mindless resignation reduces us to poor communicators. How can we connect and much less have a conversation when everyone is shouting?

As you rightly point out, there’s a strong anti-intellectual current in the US and elsewhere in the Western world that, well, makes us all dumber.

Language is the most accessible and powerful tool we have. We can all use it better as long as we remember to talk to our fellow humans rather than at them…

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