Have you noticed that people these days seem just a bit crazed, a tad furious, a little on edge, closer to conniption, and more likely to publicly exhibit signs of a tantrum, a fit, outrage, anger, fury, hatred, hostility, and other behaviors that often accompany a mood that can best be described as being more pissed off than Rand Paul’s neighbor? Well, you’re not imagining it. People like you and me are of course cool, calm, and collected. But others around us are blowing their lids and turning America into an indig-nation. How did a rage against the machine turn into a rage against flight attendants, health workers, and anyone else within reach? What exactly set the jerks off? “During the pandemic, disorderly, rude, and unhinged conduct seems to have caught on as much as bread baking and Bridgerton. Bad behavior of all kinds —everything from rudeness and carelessness to physical violence—has increased.” What went wrong? Answer correctly or I will slap you across the face! (I’m kidding. I only do that to non-subscribers.) Olga Khazan in The Atlantic: Why People Are Acting So Weird. Wait just a second, Olga. Who you callin’ weird?!

+ The truth is that a lot of us are angry. A lot of us are sad and hopeless. And our kids might be taking the worst of it. WaPo: ‘A cry for help’: CDC warns of a steep decline in teen mental health.