Both of these insanities we urgently need to recognise and understand the causes of, so that we can face up to and deal with them, in as just, humane and civilized a fashion as possible. Otherwise this, our civilization, will be very short lived.
Further reading: Uncommon sense vs. the Insanities of Normality
Recognizing the "insanities of normality"
We do not experience reality itself, but an interpretation of it, produced by our brains, which it adapts to be more-or-less consistent with the view we already have of the world and our place in it. Both are very strongly influenced by authority and majority (social and in-group mores and norms) and by our own dependencies and interests. Thus, it is our grossly flawed interpretation of reality that allows such insanities to arise, and because we are totally immersed in, familiar with and dependent on them (psychologically, emotionally and materially), they are extremely difficult to recognise, our brains insisting that we stick with our existing, familiar and convenient interpretation of reality.
There are other insanities as well, of course, but the two examples presented above are the most important and pressing. Both are very much a consequence of relatively recent developments which have given rise to the modern world.
We are ALL completely dependent on and have massive vested interests in the existing socio-economic order (one can hardly overstate them). Thus, it is no wonder we are so reluctant to acknowledge its inherent non-sustainability. Doing so causes a great deal of initial anxiety and a very strong inclination to escape into denial. To counter this, it is important to know that the situation - provided we face up to it - can be dealt with (certainly we can have a damned good try!). If we continue refusing to face up to it, however, our situation will become more and more dire, and eventually hopeless.
To be continued . . . .