Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, man has conscious awareness and has consciously made an effort to believe they are no longer apart of nature. This belief is promulgated by many factors; the two most notable are religion and an exponential advancement in technology. We have shifted our measurement of prosperity away from our natural surroundings to what the current status of the economy is. A man living in a city devoid of nature with no possible way to provide for themselves in the event of any unforeseen disasters will say 'the economy is up, therefore things are as they should be'. We disregard nature's response to our destructive system that is propelling itself exponentially. The developed nations are willingly ignoring the fact developing nations are on a path to mimic American lifestyles. The result being that whether we decide to transition to 'green energy' the problem remains that we have already passed the threshold for climate change. After 50 years of reduction of carbon emissions the result will still be a net output of surplus co2 on top of a hundred years of fossil fuel use.
This brings us to the human biological response to nature's biological response to our industrial age. I believe that on an unconscious level people know their survival is being threatened. In America, we have created a society that upholds undesirable traits like ignorance and selfishness; it is how one keeps unsustainable and destructive industries in the fold of existence. There is nothing that needs to be done to change the biological response; human history proves that when too many people live in an area with limited resources violence ensues. During the 1970's a landmark decision was made (Roe v. Wade), what is interesting to note that 20 years after this decision the crime rate dropped drastically. What was the cause? Well, if we look back to the 1970's we will notice that abortion was legalized and over time the people who were not born were not able to commit crimes(probably for suvival).
What should be taken from this is that political ideologies are antithetical to progress and rationality. We see a drop in the crime rate in the early 1990's due to a drop in the increase of population. While tragedies like war are horrible from an ethical standpoint, they have become necessary to sustain a system of infinite growth because the truth is on a planet with limited space and resources there cannot be infinite growth. This infinite growth is apparent in the economic system: we strive for at least 3% growth every year. Those who not only value human life but human survival and the survival of all life forms must take into consideration that a dramatic shift in society needs to take place. I do not mean gun bans or any other quick fix to our current system, I mean we must discard our current system altogether.
The craziness that has hit America is not an isolated incident. The world is being forced into relying on corporations and government for their survival needs. The increase in violence is not a cause but rather a biological response to a system that poses a very real threat to the human species and all species on earth. Violence can be curbed only if we are able to discard industry and at the same time initiate a concise plan of sustainability and localization. We drive to work everyday to make money because we do not have an area of land dedicated to our individual survival needs.
In conclusion I do not see collective man shifting towards a better life. As a result biological responses will get the better of us and become the terrible check/balance necessary to maintaining life on this planet; all because we choose convenience over security(secure in our ability to provide for ourselves).