JB, I call that a cargo cult or the cult of science, like Gaia fanatics, producing pre-determined results from experiments and research is what they are.
As for me, I’ve been like this for some years now, I try to ignore certain events though because my response is not considered sociable. These days, of course, I can’t ignore them if I chose to, because everyone keeps mentioning them to me, as if I didn’t know about them or predict them 7 years ago.
I’d have to go on a martial journey or sabbatical to the mountains or something, to get them out of the com waves. Even then, they’ll be coming for us, as they bring in foreign invaders to serve as their rape and death squads, so mountains might not even be secluded any more.
It’s just something I’ve gotten used to over the last 7 years. Might as well making cutting and funny remarks about it.
As for independent judgment, that question has plagued me over the last decade or so. Why do people obey evil orders? Why do people obey Authority even though they know it is wrong? Why do humans shut off their will and become slaves of the system when social pressure and external pressure is brought against them?