Benjamin, I appreciate your articles and have you as one of the very few authors that show up in my email box.
I'm reading a truly inspiring book about how disasters spark community and the challenge of porting that into everyday life.
For my part, I'm trying to work through how we ended up in such a wackadoodle state, politically. Case & Deaton have been exploring what they call 'deaths of despair' for a decade or so. Essentially, the progressive immiseration of the middle of the economic spectrum has hit folks hard and in my opinion this has left folks scrambling for a dignified self-definition and many fail. I realize I write at what most would consider excessive length but the links to the Case & Deaton stuff is about half way down...first chart.
There is a huge personal & cultural component, true, but also a significant economic driver.
Agree on community and the outdoors!