Most people’s decisions are based on assumptions about the world and people around them. Not on facts or reasonably accurate information. The problem is that people are not capable of perceiving the extent to which their thinking and therefore their actions are based on assumptions and not on reasonably accurate information.
Governments and other institutions capable of creating social changes (for example: higher education institutions, healthcare institutions, etc.), need to realize that it is not people’s fault that they remain unaware of their decision making processes.
People cannot remove themselves from their environment, or, more precisely, people cannot remove the limitations imposed upon them by their environment without any external assistance. They cannot do so because: first, they are not aware that their environment is what dictates their nature, and, second, even if they could realize how and why their environment has turned them into that which they are, they would not know where and how to begin to change the environment.
Our total knowledge (everything we know about everything) continues to increase faster than ever before, unfortunately, it remains undistributed. The complex knowledge (scientific research and their outcomes, especially in the areas of social psychology, sociology and philosophy ) continues to increase but remains undistributed because of the nature of the economic system.
It is highly unfeasible to simplify any kind of complex knowledge and distribute it to the people (who need it) in order to change their behavior. It costs too much to do so. Yet that is one of the very few things that could change our world. So what corporations and now governments continue to do is: to satisfy people’s existing ‘perceived’ needs. It is the most profitable and the least desirable thing to do (for all it means is that more people can do more bad things more efficiently).
We must begin to realize that the economic system promotes only that which can be sold and that which can be sold is unlikely to instigate a large scale intellectual progress because most people will not purchase anything that is out of the ordinary.
More specifically, most people will ignore anything that is not already part of their immediate environment or anything that they don’t find familiar in some way. So most remain confined within the assumption driven environment, and, more importantly, they continue to perpetuate it because they remain convinced that their existing perceptions are the only possible interpretation of their environment.