Here’s a good, pretty deep dissertation as to Why Society Is As It Is Today. If you’re bewildered by just how blindingly stupid so much of society, and its multifarious interactions are, it pays to read it.
Brief Summary: Knowledge is important. This does not mean “education,” but actual knowledge. The author of the essay, one M.D. Aeschliman, pays tribute to E.D Hirsch, a pioneering education reformer who says that we’ve long had a powerful movement in Western society either downplaying the importance of knowledge, or denying that one can have knowledge at all.
This is to our detriment.
It’s a dense and erudite piece, and it’s sometimes really awkwardly written, but well worth the time to read and digest it.
But … only if you want to know why.