From True Grit to Group Hugs: The Evolution of the American Spirit

Today in Clofts Corner, Dave takes us back to the days of yore, where men were men and women were damned proud of it.

Ah, the good old days when the American spirit was as rugged as a cactus and as individualistic as a lone cowboy riding off into the sunset. We used to be a land of pioneers, where folks valued their independence more than they valued their Wi-Fi connection. But my, how times have changed. Nowadays, it seems like the American spirit has traded in its spurs for a group therapy session and its True Grit for a willingness to share snacks at the office potluck.

Remember John Wayne, that epitome of rugged individualism? With a squint in his eye and a cigarette dangling from his lips, he’d face down danger and injustice all on his lonesome. He wouldn’t be caught dead asking a committee for their opinions on whether to wrangle a bunch of cattle or tackle a villain. Nope, he’d just saddle up and go. These days, the idea of a lone wolf seems more like a misunderstood puppy in need of some emotional support.

We’ve gone from “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” to “let’s all hold hands and skip along.” The modern American spirit is all about collectivism, collaboration, and cooperation. Who needs to face adversity alone when you can assemble a squad to brainstorm solutions and take turns holding the tissue box during tearful moments? It’s like a nationwide game of “Let’s All Get Along,” and there’s no opting out.

In conclusion, the evolution of the American spirit from rugged individualism to collectivism might have taken us from Clint Eastwood to Dylan Mulvaney but hey, at least “we’re all in this together.” So let’s raise a gluten-free, organic, locally-sourced toast to the times when we roamed the plains like wild stallions and to the present, where we navigate the urban jungle armed with selfie sticks and a shared sense of solidarity. Yeehaw, group hug, and all that jazz

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