I've been fascinated with Cargo Cults. During WWII, American and
British military established airfields on Pacific islands where
primitive natives tribes lived. The tribes had no knowledge of
manufacturing and saw these wondrous giant birds that landed on their
island and delivered gifts of food and technology. When the war ended,
the troops left and so did the gifts. Years later, anthropologist
discovered that some of these tribes had built elaborate airfields out
of bamboo and coconuts to entice the gods back again. You can still see
these bamboo control towers and hangers today.
I often wonder
if we as Americans live in a sort of Cargo Cult. That what is happening
around us is more sophisticated than we can understand. And that we
assume certain things are true just by observation and perception. In
fact, all of it is an intentional misinterpretation of reality.