This is another effect of the reversal of values I keep harping on. In a normal society, people derive satisfaction from helping each other. In our present society, they derive satisfaction – and a lot of satisfaction – from deceiving and exploiting others. While having no awareness of this at all.
The lack of awareness is crucial. One thing Buddhism taught was awareness, but present-day Buddhists have no more awareness of this, than anyone else. When not being aware gets too pervasive, it becomes invisible.
When did this switch from being aware, to not being aware, happen? How did it happen? Why did it happen?
These are big questions, far too big for me to answer. All I can say, with complete assurance is – that it did happen. And few people are aware of it.
While plenty of bad things are going on – there are plenty of good things also. Making your way through the minefield of goodies and baddies, is a challenge – and one that not all are up to. If you are up to it, you can learn programming at the Microsoft Virtual Academy, as I am – where they work hard at making this painless.
One of the baddies was taking Science too far. This was not the fault of the Scientists themselves – who were keenly aware of their limitations. But of everyone else, who thought that Science made them all-knowing. They had discovered the laws behind everything – and these laws put them in charge!
A host of ills resulted from this – the American Civil War, WWI, the Depression, WWII, and the Holocaust. Bad things all – but the perpetrators of them, thought they were Good!