So how does the war in Afghanistan or the brutalization that occurs in Burma relate to the world's economy and eco-disasters? How are all of humanity's dysfunctional choices and behaviors interconnected?
Humans operate from a certain level of consciousness. It is from a certain level of being that we perceive our reality, make our choices, and act accordingly.
Currently human consciousness is being ruled by our reptilian brain. But that is nothing new. For much of human history, humanity has chosen to let the reptilian part of their brain rule their consciousness. That is the most primitive part of our brains that has a central focus--survival.
According to progressive writer and commentator Thom Hartman, the reptilian brain "doesn't think in abstract terms, and doesn't feel complex emotions. Instead, it's responsible for fight-or-flight, hunger and fear, attack or run. It's also non-verbal - you can stimulate it with the right words, but it operates purely at the level of visceral stimulus-response."
In fact it is the reptilian brain that propagandists, advertisers, politicians, militarists, and the rest of societal mind manipulators speak to when they want to motivate the masses of people.
The fear response is powerful manipulator and as Nazi General Herman Goering noted:
“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
We are in our present fix because of human consciousness.