98. Excessive focus on needing a villain

In the ancestral environment of mankind, the external threat we were exposed to most frequently would be rival human tribes with malignant intent. We lacked knowledge of how to combat disease aside from basic purity and domestic cleanliness intuitions. Our instincts switch into high gear when there is a clear enemy threatening us. Less so when the risk is subtle or complex, as may often be the case with global risks, where there may not even be a nameable enemy. Even if there is an enemy, the risk may derive from a particular technology used by many people simultaneously, all over the globe making it hard to point the finger, or some systemic effect that does not involve deliberate human intent.