There is certainly something in the water, perhaps something potent enough to make people lose the volition to worry that something might be in the water ... or whether their President might be legally unqualified for the position ... or even if their nation is being run by people who do not have their best interests at heart.
There is an air of fatigue in modern people that always causes me to pull up short on my thoughts, knowing full well I will not have an audience by the time I finish. I curtail myself in speech with others because I know their languor is so great it prohibits keeping their attention for more than a sentence or a paragraph at a time. Complex things and complex ideas greatly elude them, even ridiculous to contemplate when in their company because of their context. How do you convey an idea with three necessary conclusions to a person who is incapable of reaching even one?
These people are supposed to be thoroughly civilized but I detect something in most of them that speaks of barbarism without the vigor. They have the attention span of barbarians but none of the capacity for rage or zest to live. They are like humans with all the good parts rinsed out and bleached to colorlessness.
It is the irony of human existence that the more reasonable that one grows without wisdom to accompany it, the more likely one is to die at the hands of people with animal cunning but neither wisdom nor reason.
P.S. For those of you who may have never heard about it, the Japanese Government openly concedes to adding lithium to their drinking water for the specific purpose of controlling the population. It is not a secret. This powerful drug can have different affects on people which vary quite widely, including the creation of "herbivores" as often seen in Japanese males, similar to heavily medicated patients in mental institutions. The difference between the West and the East is that the East admits to it.