Allow me to explain what is wrong with Society via the medium of allegory.
In the not so distant past, I visited one of Tesco's fine establishments, situated just outside of the lovely cathedral city of Salisbury.
Now, the design of said establishment's carpark was clearly drawn up by this man...
...in that it consists of 10+ lanes of parking that all feed into a single exit. The resulting gridlock is stunning. I have been stuck in it for up to an hour. There is only one way that a system like this works. A simple system, known as "one at a time". All it takes is the ability to count to two and a modicum of human decency
. All you have to do is let one car in and then go. It isn't hard.
But of course, the urge to "get ahead" takes over and the system breaks down into utter chaos. Despite the fact that people already in the single lane had to wait to be let in by the few decent human beings already in the queue, despite probably shouting and calling the people who didn't let them in various nasty names, when they get into the same situation, they choose themselves over their fellow man and become the exact asshole they complained about earlier. As a result, the whole system breaks down and we all get to spend our afternoon stuck in the Tesco carpark. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Here endeth the lesson.
(*) if you don't know who that is, you clearly had a deprived childhood.