I do agree that this is the state of things. I make no claim to know who or why things are things way (though I have idea), but I think the end result is pretty clear. people live in a constant state of fear and distrust.
I for one refuse, and every outsider who refuses to get locked in the Mind Prison is a friend of mine, so salute to you, my friend.
Beauty and humanity still abound, whether or not they show it on TV.