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Don Henley Feels Grim About Current State Of American Society


A long drive that inspired much of Don Henley's new album Cass County left the singer with a grim feeling about American society as a whole.

He says that after he was cut off by many a driver, he thought "That encapsulates the whole fabric of our society now. Common courtesy is gone."

Henley told Paste that the next logical step is to remove turn signals from cars in order to really reflect how modern driving is a "bloodsport."

"If you want to change lanes or get off the freeway, you'd better start doing it a mile or two in advance, because nobody gives a s— what you want to do," he warned. "That's what happens when there's too many f—ing people, like the psychologist who did the simple experiment of putting rats in a cage — the more you put in, the more aggressive their behavior becomes. It's just a simple equation, but I don't know what the answer is."

"Nature's going to take care of it," Henley added. "We're going to run out of f—ing water, and that's going to be it. That said? Life is still pretty good. And it's better than the alternative, I guess."

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