Cowards. More specifically, "powards". Powerful cowards.
The world is in a terrible mess because normal people have too long coddled cowards and accommodated thieves and thugs. Most people have been too nice to call out these people who are ruining things for everyone else with their cowardice and parasitism.
Most positions of political power are held by people completely crippled with cowardice. Just look at all the anti-gun bigots in congress and try to tell me those people aren't completely enslaved by their cowardice.
A recent event brought this home to me.
I, personally, have been too nice to cowards just about all my life. And it is making me a little ill to think about.
Why should we who aren't crippled with cowardice bend over backwards to make the cowards more comfy? Why would we let them dictate what we can do in order to make them feel safer- especially when it will never be enough, since the problem isn't with us or with the world, but within themselves? Their damaged, frightened selves.
Well... more on this in a bit.