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Are We on the Path to National Ruin? Photo San Antonio — I never really understood how fascism could have come to Europe, but I think I understand better now.

Are We on the Path to National Ruin?

You start with some fundamental historical transformation, like the Great Depression or the shift to an information economy. A certain number of people are dispossessed. They lose identity, self-respect and hope. They begin to base their sense of self-worth on their tribe, not their behavior. Once facts are unmoored, everything else is unmoored, too. And then perhaps there’s a catalyzing event. If Not Trump, What? Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee.

If Not Trump, What?

So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do? Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. The Danger of a Single Story. In 2009 the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a fabulous TED talk called “The Danger of a Single Story.”

The Danger of a Single Story

It was about what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative: when Africans, for example, are treated solely as pitiable poor, starving victims with flies on their faces. Her point was that each individual life contains a heterogeneous compilation of stories. If you reduce people to one, you’re taking away their humanity. American politics has always been prone to single storyism — candidates reducing complex issues to simple fables.

This year the problem is acute because Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the giants of Single Storyism. Every problem can be solved by finding some corrupt or oppressive group to blame. Worse, the stories have become identity markers. Hillary Clinton is not naturally a single story person. The key is to find a balance between those stories.

Yet there are other opposing stories, also true: 6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World. I have a question, and this is mainly for those of you old enough to vividly remember the 9/11 attacks.

6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World

Why bullshit is no laughing matter — Aeon Opinions. Panache 2620/Flickr We live in the age of information, which means that we also live in the age of misinformation.

Why bullshit is no laughing matter — Aeon Opinions

Indeed, you have likely come across more bullshit so far this week than a normal person living 1,000 years ago would in their entire lifetime. These 29 Clever Drawings Will Make You Question Everything Wrong With The World. Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris. Our first response to the horrible and frightening violence of Paris should be grief.

Je Suis … [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris

False religion always makes the religious grieve, but when it engages in ghastly violence against other human beings who are made in God’s image, it should break our hearts as it breaks God’s. Peaceful protest in Place de la Republique in Paris in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Anky / Take Action on This Issue Circle of Protection for a Moral Budget A pledge by church leaders from diverse theological and political beliefs who have come together to form a Circle of Protection around programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world.

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think. Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, but that’s not all that advertisements are good for.

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

The advertisements on this list are excellent examples of effective advertising strategies for social issue campaigns that let their voices be heard. [Read more...] A well-made advertisement is designed to grab your attention and to remain in your memory long after you’ve left it behind, and that is exactly what many of these social causes need. Getting people to think and worry about various social and environmental issues (or even simply getting them to be aware of them) is important for raising public supporting and affecting meaningful changes.

A few of these ads are, in fact, commercial ads, but it’s still nice that they champion socially or environmentally aware causes/products. Just like with commercial advertisements, having just the facts is not enough. Thanks for sharing! David Brooks. David Brooks became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in September 2003.

David Brooks

He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. " He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster. His most recent book is “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” published by Random House in March 2011. Mr. Brooks joined The Weekly Standard at its inception in September 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. Mr. David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? Nude in your hot tub, facing the abyss (A literary manifesto after the end of Literature and Manifestos)