But maybe, he says, it is because such collective coming together is sadly rare.
We just detested the mawkish, awkward and self-indulgent opening ceremony. Indeed, ironically the Brits may be feeling better precisely because of some unfashionable patriotic victories and feeling proud of themselves rather than the establishment leftist agitprop of the opening ceremony, all the children in sick beds and Mr Bean and milling ravers.
In truth the lesson of Britain’s bout of bipolarity is that we are lonely. That is the problem with modernity. When we come together, rediscover community, the feeling is as good as an adrenalin rush.
You have to be glad for the Brits getting some gleams of sunshine. We're still deeply frustrated by NBC's awful tv coverage, but dazzled by some Team USA achievements