In a song on the 1968 Simon and Garfunkel album Bookends, the singer and his lover board a Greyhound Bus "to look for America." The song's refrain depends upon a paradox. The seekers search for a place they supposedly already inhabit. The singer describes himself as "lost," a term that is both geographical and psychological. Now, in 2006, it seems to me that Americans are more "lost" than ever. We suffer from a trickle-down contempt for the beliefs, needs, and desires of other people.
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