Addiction was the story of 2017. No: Not addiction to opioids, though of course tens of thousands of families are still mourning the death of a loved one to the scourge coursing through the United States.
No: Not addiction to the toxic combination of power and lust fueling the sexual misconduct scandals that burst onto the public stage in the name Harvey Weinstein.
And no, not an addiction to President Trump, either on the part of his adoring legions or his “worst enemies.”
No, the centerpiece addiction of the past year—which is widespread and still growing—is to outrage itself, to the state of being perpetually offended, to the need not only to be angry at someone or something, but also to always and everywhere be, well, hating.
We are all trapped in this ongoing carnival of venom, a national gathering of unpleasant souls.
This year, let’s throw the trend into reverse. The best way to start is a long look in the mirror.