Please compare Ross Douthat’s thoughtful, intelligent column on the Tucson massacre with the characterization of said column in this blog post, written by a well-regarded writer of narrative non-fiction. And read the rest of the blog post too. Note that most people who read the post will not have read the column, and thus won’t have read the entire paragraph of which the excerpted sentence was a small part. Note also who merits moral condemnation in the post and who does not. Very instructive.
All I’ll say is that I’m generally of the view that humanity is on a gentle upward slope. But when I read this kind of material, I do find myself a bit discouraged. Then I remember that most people are busy getting on with their lives.