The Kindness of Strangers Has Its Limits
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published July 11, 2014 on The Washington Times website.
TURNER, MAINE — They say the South is the friendliest place in America, and they’re probably right. The Midwest isn’t far behind, but the civility line defies latitudes or longitudes.
It comes down roughly to the difference between city and country folk — although exceptions abound. Across the USA and Canada, I’ve found that people outside core metropolitan areas are much more likely to initiate or respond to friendly entreaties.
On my family’s recent trip back to the D.C. area from Western Maine, we stopped at […]