Vapid is a very under appreciated word.
According to Merriam-Webster –
Definition of vapid
• : lacking flavor, zest, interest, animation, or spirit : flat, dull
What we do have is lots and lots of hysterics. There is nothing flavorful, zestful, interesting, animated, or spirited about it. Mostly it is people calling other people names in lieu of actual knowledge of the topic.
How did we get to this point? Mostly by buying into fiction. Somehow we have attained a cultural level where fiction is more satisfying than reality. Somewhere deep down inside there appears to be some subconscious awareness that we have bought into fiction – hence the name calling and vitriolic behavior. People who are on solid footing with their conscience do not typically need to name call or threaten to burn the town down.
The major problem with this is – it is very difficult to tell right from wrong if you can no longer tell the difference in reality and fantasy. Our addiction to fantasy apparently stems from pride more than anything else. We simply cannot say the words, “I am sorry, I was wrong.” For example, take the withdrawal from the Paris Accord. How many celebrities and politicians and people on Facebook claimed it was the death of the planet? Countless. Ubiquitous. Never mind that the committee formed for the accord claimed it was simply a wealth transfer and did zero for the climate.
The same goes for Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank was legislation drafted by CitiGroup intended to protect Wall Street banks and destroy local and regional banking. Dodd-Frank succeeded in what it intended to do. There are now about 5/8ths as many banks in the United States as there were in 2008 yet the Wall Street banks are much larger than they were at the time of the crisis. What is more, Dodd-Frank privatizes the profit of the Wall Street banks but assures a bail out if they are going to fail.
Yet – the Democrats/Progressives/Leftist defend Dodd-Frank to the (moral and intellectual) death. Somehow they have bought into this fantasy that legislation written by the Wall Street banks at the expense of everyone else in the universe is a ‘progressive’ thing to have done.
Sometimes societies just go collectively insane. I can arrive at no other answer for this. Look at Obamacare – for all the screaming the Democrats/Progressives/Leftist do about how evil lobbyist are and how evil insurance companies are they at the same time unconditionally support legislation that was drafted by a Vice President of Lobbying, intended to run all but a few major insurance companies out of business, and guarantee taxpayer subsidized profits for the insurance companies that they proclaim are so evil.
On the flip side, we have Republicans who still believe that congress will repeal these things – all evidence to the contrary.