For heaven’s sake, Mav; there are still people who deny that the holocaust ever happened. The average person is not capable of accepting how fucked up the world is, so they (and the media that feeds them) are constantly over rationalizing behavior so they don’t have to accept how fucked up things are. Essentially, we paint over the rust to convince everyone that the bridge is safe (which is an apt metaphor, here in Pittsburgh). As screwed up as it is, it seems necessary, since otherwise we’d have huge swaths of the population that would never leave the house.