Events don’t just occur in, or out of, a vacuum, though most people rarely see the underlying causes that lead to the ultimate effects. This is in large part due to millennia of delusional religious indoctrination that teaches that one is not really responsible for their actions and that some outside god, guru, saint, minister, rabbi, mullah or priest can, and will, absolve them of, and forgive them for, all their “sins”, “save” them and magically grant their other wishes as well.
In a sense, the same thing is to be said of politics and diplomacy, two manmade forms of seeking advantage by lie and pretense. The truth requires no diplomacy. Our fear of not getting what we want, and our determination to get it through deception, at someone else’s expense, is an underlying condition of politics and diplomacy for which we think no price is to be paid, or that it shall fall to someone else to pay it. [...]