Understanding Anything (Especially Themselves) is Not Possible
Is not possible, and should not be attempted.
The world is in bad shape, because the people in it are in bad shape. And our wise men should be saying this.
What do they say instead? “Not to worry, everything is under control.” And “The barbarians are at the gates!” Both, you can take your pick.
Does this seem inconsistent? That’s only because you are thinking about it.