What August showed us about America

( CNN) One August in America tested the nation’s mettle. Years from now, that’s what historians will say.

Both the eclipse and Harvey reminded us how minuscule we are. And maybe we needed some view.

It’s been a divisive spell in American history, a hour when we’ve disagreed bitterly on the country’s direction and shunned dialogue and debate, choosing instead to seek affirmation of our opinions in echo chambers.

There’s been no middle ground, only quicksand. We were bound to boil over, historians might write.

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