Very good questions TBeek.
I don’t claim to know all the answers, but here’s my current opinions.
I tend to think our friend Michael Moore hit the nail on the head; we’ve become a nation controlled and obsessed by fear. Our reptilian brain centers have taken control of our brains. The people in power, and the media, use FEAR to stay in power and privilege. Some of them even believe the fear mongering themselves, which is the really scary and dangerous part.
WHY does the US have Military Bases in every region of the planet, more than a thousand by some estimates?Fear.
Despite spending more money on “defense” than the next 15 countries COMBINED, we don’t feel safe; thanks to the fear mongers. Selling fear brings in big $$$ for making bigger and better guns. We spend 11 times more than big bad Russia and we still don’t feel safe. Something is wrong.
WHY do we still possess THOUSANDS of nuclear weapons, while no other Nation poses a similar threat? (weak threats sure…but none come close)Fear.
We must be able to kill and enemy at least 1000x over to feel semi safe ya know.
WHY is the gap between rich and poor greater in the US than ANY other developed Country?Fear.
A person can never have enough money because something bad might happen to them so they have to hoard as much $$$$ as possible. As Bush Sr pointed out, “trickle down” theory is nothing but Voodoo economics. Fear and hoarding leads to economic stagnation and decline.
WHY do such a few number of people, estimates range from 80 to 2000, control more wealth, land and resources than the WORLD's poorest 3.5 billion?Fear.
The poorer 3.5 billion people are lead to believe they can never make the big $$$ if the system of greed is modified in any way. This is another feature of the Reptilian brain; irrational thinking.
WHY is this same tiny minority 'allowed' to exert so much power over our politics, our domestic and foreign policies and the media while 'the people' see their constitutionally promised powers quietly slip away…..without a fight?Fear.
You KNOW we gotta have the TSA groping and the NSA snooping to protect 350 million people from 47 radicals….
WHY have we submitted to government surveillance and intrusion, abuse of civil liberties, targeted assassinations and the loss of privacy that would have appalled our 'beloved' founders?Fear.
If we don’t let them intrude, the terrorists will get us all!
WHY are those who are driven by personal greed and narrow self-interest empowered over those who extoll social values like kindness, generosity, compassion, SHARING, empathy and community building?
I’m not sure I agree with this. There are people and institutions that are empowered over our souls than the greed mongers; the church would be one example.
And WHY has it become so difficult for the majority to even imagine something different, something better, a future counter to the one defined by current policy initiatives and social values instead of the future 'desired' by the 'starved' citizenry?
The people in power have become EXPERTS at promoting FEAR though communications. As technology enables more and more efficient communications, it’s only going to get worse. I won’t even mention the Masters of Fear, because we all know who they are!