Here's me at my most cynical - My theory is that people actually want to watch each other suffer. And in some small way, they actually want to feel responsible for other people's suffering. And that's why they always stand up for the status quo. They know exactly what they're doing. The status quo is designed from the ground up to induce suffering but it's diabolical in that way that it looks entirely coincidental.
In case of emergency, my husk can be used as a flotation device.