Evolution gave us intelligence. Our nature gave us hypocrisy. Art gave us irony.
It isn’t that everyone talks ethics and practices very little of what they say. It isn’t that everyone is acting in pretty selfish ways and gives very little trust to everyone else because, let’s face it, who is wholly trustworthy? It isn’t the competing agendas, the failure of politics, the crassness of economics, the death of so many species, the degradation of our living standards. It isn’t that children are not safe anywhere or that women are not safe anywhere.
It’s that we lie about all this, all the time, to ourselves by not seeing it is our fault. Each and every one of us.