I certainly include myself here – I had noticed this in the States when I lived there. And it was a shock to recently discover it in myself.
I noticed a whole syndrome of dysfunctional behavior operating there – and I may call it the American Syndrome since it probably started there – but has since spread nearly everywhere else.
This is one of the many problems that make social engineering of the human condition difficult. We simply don’t know enough about ourselves to make this kind of planning possible. This doesn’t mean we should not try – we should just expect plenty of unexpected problems to show up.
America right now is a land with a multitude of problems – including an inability to see this – or much of anything else. Americans have so many problems, they have gone into shock – and cannot think about much of anything.