Culture of complaint and hypocrisy
There is too much propensity to compete with one another, singly and in groups, to be the most outraged and the greatest victims. To stand above the crowd you can work hard to achieve, but we have figured out that it is a lot less work to try to push everyone surrounding us lower instead. From negative campaigning to screaming headlines and commentary, negativity is too powerful a force.
The notion of continual growth has been with us for a long time. We are like bacteria in the Petri dish - life was good at first, with boundaries all around to explore, but now we have hit the edges of the dish and need to evolve to a steady-state model for existence. We used to glorify the explorer, but today the John Wayne type would be in jail and laboring under a hundred lawsuits.
Monetary system based on debt
Money is created when you sign on the dotted line to borrow. The money you get when you take out a loan does not come from the collective savings of other hard-working bank patrons. It is typed into a database, invented on the spot, and money is created. There is some logic to this when the risks that the loans represent pay off, but when the world is saturated with development it gets harder to make the risk pay off.
The justice system
How much do the outcomes of the Justice System represent justice, and how much do they represent the egos and self interests of the individual players?
We too often have judges who care about ego, prosecutors who care about their win/lose stats, lawyers who want their high priced billable hours paid, and defendants who can never admit it. Over 90% of "crimes" are resolved by "deals" not by a jury of peers.
About 1 in 30 Americans are in jail or on probation/parole. The majority are non-violent offenders. The USA has by far the largest percentage of incarcerated people, Russia and Rwanda have a smaller percentage. Is this rational?
Is it really so important what brand of car we have, what dance moves and cocky behaviour or hand signs we can see and repeat, or whether or not we get that new iGadget that we didn't even know we needed yesterday?
Is consumerism really the only viable driver for the evolution of human society?