What we have not yet learned is: It is bad. It is worse than we thought
It is unfolding faster than we thought
Anything we do to affect change will take decades to notice
(we really cannot see the effects of any positive action - and negative actions make us feel better )
Humans are poorly adapted to see long off dangers.
Our trusted media is abandoning us
We have no intention of realizing the problem
Powerful interests don't want change
Powerful insterests will do anything they can to keep BAU
We have leaders that cynically sabotage
We are pretty much unable to change - demonstrated that often
The people who know how bad it really is, have the least power to affect change.
Humans are not a viable species. Disjointed, quarrelsome, disunified. ALthough we can pull together for great and noble actions, this time requires total global unification.. which is not going to happen.
The people in power are unwilling to unify with other people in power.
Humans are not really civilized. ALthough it seems to progress and we get better over the centuries, we are still violent, emotional and greedy - and tolerate that in others even as we battle our fellows.
Churchill... "Americans will eventually do the right thing, after trying all other options first."
Similarly - our entire species can often be good and smart and wise and can fight dangerous problems with success - but not always, and not at precisely the right times.