I’ve been speculating for a while now that we’ve seen an enormous downswing in emotional intelligence among too large a portion of our population.
The father in your story certainly displayed such a void. Many of the stories in the comments section echo it. And clearly, these behavior patterns are being transferred within and across generational boundaries.
It’s conceivable this will eventually lead to a decline in civility unlike any seen since the Neanderthal age. Yikes!