We won’t persuade each other again. No more winning an argument with the best reasons. No more pointing to the facts, the empirical evidences. No persuasive speeches, or impassioned pleas to come to our senses. No more common sense. No more shared values. No more tolerance and civility. Just divisiveness. Just completely contradictory ways of looking at the same things. No more humanity. No more union. No more America. Just incomprehension all around. Hostility. Battles. Endless feud. Endless back and forth. Tit for tat. He said she said ad nauseam. Meanwhile none of what ails us is solved. No progress is made. No achievement realized. Tear down and destroy. War. Calamity. It’s a terrible place we are come to in this modern time. It’s a sad state of ill willed affairs. A dark cloud from Mordor. A dark place within us. Is this really the best we can do? Is this really how we tackle the future? With perpetual strife? Perhaps. How sad. It could be so much more.