Jessica Korda displays a pink ribbon on her hat in July 2021 in honor of Grace Godfrey, the daughter of LPGA Tour player Jane Park and caddie Pete Godfrey, who suffered seizures and brain swelling. Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images
CINCINNATI, OHIO | The first sign of things falling apart is when you stop hearing “please” and “thank you.” That’s a prelude to something bigger and darker and meaner. The Brits know it. That’s why the late Queen Elizabeth II remained a model of manners and decorum from the moment she made her first public address at age 14 in 1940, a radio speech to the frightened children of England during the height of The Blitz, until her passing on Thursday at the age of 96.
Societies thrive when there’s a collective sense of gratitude, when people understand that no time in history has mankind lived longer, been healthier, or had more stuff than the present, and that it can all go away in a second. Once that understanding disappears – and it vanishes faster than you think – you get a bunch of athletes so rich…
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