It seems since coming back from leave David Brooks has a different tone. Maybe better put, part of his tone that had been somewhat dormant has emerged as dominant. And there seems to be a fight going on here. His column last week on suicide struck some as harshly and analytically critical of those with mental health issues, almost as if one could debate someone out of despondency. Today’s column is a raw appraisal of human vanity and folly. It’s difficult to argue with its validity; it feels true. Likewise, unlike the Brooks of earlier days, his eyes wide open see little redemption.
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