There is such a thing as Disaster Overload and it causes people to shut down.
Millions of people believe in End Times. They think "god" is putting an end to a wicked world. Religious delusion replaces any understanding of the merger between politics (governments) and corporations, including the big banks. This merger has caused billions of people into misery, eking out a living in lands that are increasingly being taken over by mining corporations and lethal agricultural entities like Monsanto, or fighting for survival amid inflamed conflicts.
A quake hits Southeast Asia causing a quarter million persons to die. Fukushima is hit by a tidal wave that causes thousands to evacuate. War zones spanning from Iraq to Afghanistan cause a massive wave of refugees. Massive cyclone after massive cyclone impacts the Philippines and South China, and this past week, ones hit both Mexico and Yemen. Add in the fires, droughts, and financial instability brought on by senseless wars and millions upon millions of persons are displaced.
Typically, after one tragedy I will send money to UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, or another charity. What results is that I end up with monthly mailings from close to 28 OTHER organizations all asking for donations.
There are so many good & just causes and so many people in need, but helping on a small scale is like watering a desert. Until the top-down systems that allow 1% of the world's people to own more than half its assets, and this massive centralization of wealth stops dictating global policies from trade wars to actual wars, PAIN remains at a level unprecedented since W.W I and W.W. II.
Add in the basic difficulties of life--aging parents, health problems, Depression, trying to maintain a modicum of comfort in an economy deliberately engineered to privilege the already-privileged, and people lose hope. They do LIVE quiet lives of desperation.
In the U.S. the weekly shootings that have become norms, the police brutality that would be normalized were it not for "Black Lives Matter," and the karmic blow-back of foreign wars mar the collective psyche.
Human beings are being CONDITIONED--and the "War on terror" (largely consisting OF spreading terrors) is a major player in it--to see brutality AS the norm. And what this does is shut the psyche down. It's mass trauma done on so regular a basis as to turn a sizable segment of many nations' people into hypnotized drones.
This is known--that is, that trauma induces mind control--and being done in very real ways to cull the population.
Some time ago I commented that I'd lost far too many friends who were aged from 50-65 and that based on this, I thought the Social Security projections should be amended. This past week it was in the news that more people ARE dying who come from this demographic.
If 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are expected to succumb to Cancer, that in and of itself suggests diminished lifespans.
When too many houses of religion--arguably the force that should serve as the spiritual bulwark against war and aggression--instead sound like sports teams vying FOR (holy) war, a dangerous inversion has taken hold.
The numbing of the population results from constant trauma, growing financial uncertainties, the compromised message emanating from too many religious institutions, corrupt political powers, and those corporations that WANT war (along with a war on nature: continuous rape & plunder of natural world assets) and the propagandized messages that people receive (and respond to) relayed through Corporately owned mass media channels.
BUT... many ARE awakening. Still, the crises are phenomenal and like waves at high tide, just keep rolling in and over those both asleep and awake.