A solar eclipse is temporary. The shadow settling over America’s sense of its own place in the sun, however, not so easily overcomeBarbara Will is a professor of English at Dartmouth CollegeMonday’s solar eclipse seems made to order for our current national mood. Darkness at midday? Just further proof of the gloomy times we’re living in.Pick up any newspaper and the evidence is clear: most Americans feel pessimistic about the nation’s future. Since 2009, polls have consistently shown that over 70% of Americans worry that the country is on the wrong track. A full 65% believe the country is now “in a state of decline”. More than 40% fear an imminent terrorist attack. Continue reading…

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