Do not be afraid to face the madness. The capacity of man to create grand schemes in an effort to control others is greatly under-appreciated. Here we do not cow-tow or kneel and pray to the slippery veneers which cover man’s evil. Much of diplomacy is the art of maintaining a facade, which essentially is a lie. If people were more rational and told the truth rather than buttering it up to make it more palatable, society would be a better place. We have gone beyond the point where we are worried about hurt feelings. Sure, we can couch our arguments in a way that is civil and pleasant; we are all for that. But everything today seems excessively padded and sensitive, and people are getting more cocooned. Meanwhile there are people going around looking for places to take insult which is making the playing field much more polarized while only making people retreat further into ‘safe spaces’. Time to cut through the bullshit.