Americans uncomfortable with life’s gray areas

Is the United States fundamentally a contrarian culture? Are people unwilling to see more than two sides to any issue? Is that why we fight over simple things like wearing masks to help decrease the spread of a virus?

Sometimes it helps enormously to clarify our view of something in our own life or our own country and culture to have someone from elsewhere present a fresh impression of us. 
De Tocqueville did so in the 1700s and his commentary is still quoted today. I was watching a video clip of Trevor Noah, the South African-born, late night TV comedian, and he was musing on how binary everything is in the United States. I had never given that a thought before.

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