What you describe, Joe, has been happening since the beginning of humanity. The only difference is the number of people and speed of technological change. Meaning that with increased density and speed of change the greater the fiction.
Humanity is never going to change; it is locked into the ultimate rule of the universe — probability balance. Meaning that creation is always offset by destruction. In other words war and conflict must follow peace and harmony as sure as the sun rises in the East. No amount of human logic can alter this rhythm.
This is way half the folks in America are willing to support a lying, cheating scoundrel like Donald Trump. He is the offset of a man of integrity, President Obama.