When did we become so selfish? The United States of America, not that long ago, was a country of shared ideals. We united, when necessary, for the common good. We believed in shared sacrifice. Americans bought war bonds and often went out of their way to help their fellow man and woman. Helping a neighbor bale hay or even just plain being kind. These days, it seems like many are caring less and less about others. The pandemic has made that painfully clear. These days we see meltdowns from people on planes or in stores who go ballistic when told to wear a mask to help slow the spread of germs. These “Karens” stomp their feet, yell, and often intentionally cough on others as they demand to speak to a manager. They say this is America, and they have the right to breathe. People flaunt rules on indoor gatherings, whether at weddings, holiday parties or bars. They ridicule governments for suggesting families limit the number of people at this year’s Thanksgiving table even though doing so can help prevent others from getting sick. This virus is proving to be a real test of our character. A test that too often, we seem to be failing.