President 45 has been rightly said to have released the unspoken racist in a lot of people during his tenure. But something else he seems to have done is to have released the inner transgressive spoiled brat in a lot of people. (In my opinion, the two groups share a lot of territory, but are not perfectly congruent.)
The most persistent and obvious current example of the latter is the backlash against Covid precautions. Folks pretend that it’s a matter of principle, of freedom and rights, but really it’s that they want to do what they want to do and no-one can tell them otherwise. And it’s odd (to me) that these also seem to be some of the most authoritarian-leaning people.
Some call it selfishness, but I disagree. I think it’s an urge to do things that are dangerous and frowned on because they know they can get away with it (for a while, leaving aside the obvious consequences over time, because their view doesn’t extend that far). In other words, an urge to transgressive behavior.
Assuming from what I see around me that some people have this urge and others don’t, why? Whence comes the difference? I tend to think it’s about upbringing, I’m pretty sure that’s what’s responsible for me not generally behaving that way. What do you folks think about it?