It appears we have been at a 'cross-roads' for a very long time. The 'cross-roads' have been externalized when the decision to change, to take one path or the other, is what 'being at the cross-road' means. It is not an external decision, only in the analogy.
I am not a world
traveler. I do not know enough about Europe, Asia, Africa, China,
Australia or South America to give depth to social or political
analysis of these countries. I am an American. I do know enough
about overall human psychology though to analyse general social
trends in humans, and other primates, regardless of nationalities.
Trends that easily include a conditioned preference for ignorance.
A conditioned fear of the unknown.
A conditioned fear of change.
'Prometheus Rising', a section in Raven Worlds, is the title of a book by Robert Anton Wilson. The web section is a summary of a portion of the book explaining how fear is utilized constantly to controll and manipulate humans. I strongly suggest you read through it, then, buy and study the book.
You will most likely be able to find it at a used book dealer as well as online.
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Everything is exactly the way you think it is.