It’s a Mad World

Jeff Kurtz
3 min readMar 3, 2018


Have you ever had the feeling something isn’t quite right? That the corruption you see in our world doesn’t quite fit your sense of reality? Well, you may be comforted to know that you’re not alone.

As devoted citizens of our great country — a nation that spends more on its military than the next eight nations combined, we have allowed a few power-hungry oligarchs to define our reality for us. And if you look beyond the reaches of your immediate lives and neighborhoods, you will find much of our world is under the tremendous strain of oppression, largely at the hands of the ruling elite who profit by it. The same ruling class who owns our military also owns our network news, and we have been duped into believing what they want us to think about their intentions for going to war. It’s an elaborate deception that, thanks to the internet, people are just now beginning to realize.

Take a look at your world’s news. Any normal person with an iota of objectivity would conclude that the world has gone absolutely insane. Unfortunately, much of this insanity has been caused by our ruling elite’s desire to keep our military-industrial-complex relevant, operational, active and profitable. Why else does our government always respond with knee-jerk aggression without first attempting to resolve our international conflicts peacefully? How often do politicians tell us about their efforts to reach peaceful solutions? Why is aggression always our government’s first choice to resolve conflict? And think about it. It’s not what you would expect in a world managed by rational adults. In fact, it’s really quite the opposite. The behavior is irrational, aggressive, and harmful to others. People who exhibit these behaviors are typically placed in straight jackets and directed to padded cells. It’s madness.

Institutions like corporations and our government are not held to the same standards of accountability as individuals. As a result, we give them license to lie, steal and kill with impunity. They get away with murder…literally. The fact that we condone these behaviors is… well… madness.

We live in a world where the threat of thermonuclear war and human extinction is a real possibility. This is madness. Where the unprincipled pursuit of money is glorified even though it has proven to degrade human relations and our quality of life. This is madness. Where our President seeks counsel from military and corporate advisors while dismissing the humanitarian and scientific communities. This is madness. Where we exert our will on lesser nations for our own prosperity while telling the world we are doing it for humanitarian reasons. This is madness. Where our government spends bucket loads of money on our military but next to nothing on peaceful alternatives to global conflict. This is madness.

And we live in a world where our ongoing war in the Middle East has cost trillions of dollars and, after thirty long years, we still have no exit plan. This is madness. Where our scientific community’s warnings about climate change are completely ignored despite its catastrophic implications. This is madness. Where elected politicians show more concern about corporate profits than the health of the people they are supposed to serve. This is madness. Where our role models are selfish and superficial rather than generous and engaging. This is madness.

These are just a few examples that quickly come to mind. What other forms of madness do you see in our world that would go away overnight if members of our government were compassionate and not self-serving?

Clearly, we live in a mad world. And I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to hold our government accountable and end this madness!

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