Have you noticed? At the beginning of the pandemic, everybody was all lovey-dovey, helping out, making out, making calls, sharing, caring and following the rules. But as time went on, anarchy crept in. Fights broke out in supermarkets. There was screaming and swearing on city streets. We had rules and we had regulations, but people were ignoring them in the great American pursuit of \u201cself-interest.\u201d (We\u2019re the only people on Earth who have \u201crights\u201d that haven\u2019t been invented yet.) Laws were broken \u2014 usually by lawmakers \u2014 at family parties, at office parties, at hair salons, in the Hamptons, in Manhattan, in the Capitol. I\u2019m already breaking my New Year\u2019s resolution to complain less and compliment more, but my point is this. I don\u2019t care if you\u2019re smart or stupid, liberal or conservative, an Elk or a Lion, rich or poor, a criminal or a politician or both. Whoever you are, PLEASE stop going in the wrong direction down one-way aisles at ShopRite, Walmart, Big Y and Stop & Shop or wherever I keep running into you. We\u2019re all supposed to go in the same direction and social distance, not drive around like we\u2019re in an FBI high-speed chase through downtown Boston. At first, I thought it was my negative way of looking at the world, but after 16 times in one supermarket, I realized America is in big trouble. Even in a crisis, people can\u2019t obey the rules. Maybe they\u2019re rebelling because they don\u2019t trust The System. (How\u2019s that for a word right out of the \u201960s lexicon?) The ONE WAY signs are certainly big enough. They\u2019re on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, and the message is explicit with an arrow pointing in the direction you\u2019re supposed to travel. But no one cares. Please, President Joe Biden, can\u2019t you issue an executive order to enforce driving regulations for supermarket carriages or require a license to operate a shopping cart? There is one exception. Absolutely everybody travels in the right direction at Whole Foods \u2014 and that scares me. Are they Amazon bots? Unfortunately, I can\u2019t shop there anymore because they play \u201990s music, with assorted selections by Amy Grant and Billy Idol. The only thing worse than \u201990s music is \u201980s music. The last time, I had to listen to \u201cBaby, Baby\u201d followed by a mind-blowing five minutes of \u201cRock the Cradle of Love\u201d at 8 a.m. By the time I reached the checkout, I was so stressed, I needed a double chamomile latte. Even worse, the song got stuck in my head for four days. Do you know what it\u2019s like to be in church with the torturous refrain \u201cRock the cradle of love!\u201d bouncing around your brain? Doesn\u2019t anyone do market research to figure out what shoppers want to hear? How about some Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald? When the coronavirus crisis started, we diligently obeyed the rules, but like everything else, we started to slip, intentionally. As a society, we\u2019re not evolving, we\u2019re devolving. I see signs everywhere. By the closing bell of my college classes, a fifth of the students are missing in action, hiding somewhere in the dark shadows of the internet. Where is Big Brother when we need him? Not to mention Big Sister. I saw another foreboding sign while I was stopped at the intersection the other morning. My light turned green, and as I was about to pull out, my wife yelled for me to stop because three cars were running the red light. It\u2019s a sure sign civilization is collapsing when people start breaking the little laws with impunity. In America, rewriting history is a popular pastime, so before it gets completely rewritten, let me remind you of the Greatest Generation, who went through the Depression and World War II and preserved their decency, not to mention democracy and Western Civilization. They helped one another, even at their own expense. We, on the other hand, can\u2019t obey a few simple rules, and if we can\u2019t obey the little rules, why should we obey the big rules, such as \u201cpay your taxes\u201d? No need to answer that. Joe Pisani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.