During the American genocide of Native peoples it was queried how the white man could possess such great wealth and yet still be so burdened by great poverty. I believe the answer to this question lies with the white man's traumatic past. The baseless and ill conceived bloody battles discussed in Battle of the Gods gave rise to a people highly fearful of one another. With this fear they placed their trust in strong yet fatally flawed individuals to protect them and lead them to prosperity.
Many empires rose out of this fear and among them was the sprawling Roman empire. A militaristic empire the Romans were a brutal people who cared little for the value of life and sought to amass great personal wealth at the expense of their brethren. The survivors of the Roman collapse knew of no way of life other than that of the Romans, if Rome had taught them anything it was enslave or be enslaved.
From the ashes of Rome the landscape became peppered with various small clone Roman empires. This was the beginning of the second Roman empire, the Holy Roman Empire. A collection of numerous kingdoms where the people placed their trust to a ruler who, like the Roman leaders, had little in mind other than his own personal gain. The buying and selling of people as well as goods formed the basis of these kingdoms. The hierarchal pyramid scheme where those at the top profit off the back breaking labor of those at the bottom was the only form of survival these people ever knew.
As the various kings waged war upon one another in a seemingly never ending bid to increase their power a new land was discovered. What this generation of Romans found was a land untouched by Roman greed and tyranny, a society of peoples who were so profoundly different the Romans instantly began to fear them.
These people had no slaves, they did not claim ownership of any lands and there was no form of hierarchal rule by which those at the top could take advantage of those at the bottom. It was their freedom that the Romans feared the most. Roman leadership feared if these ideals were to spread their own personal wealth and power would come crashing down.
While the Romans did lust for power and possession they also truly believed in their way of life. It was all they had ever known, they had invested their entire lives and their entire empire to the misguided belief that they were gods among men. It was far easier for them to wage war on the natives of this new land than to consider the possibility that their beloved ideals were savage.
This was the beginning of the third Roman empire, the United States of America. Unequivocally Roman the USA believed so blindly in the buying and selling of souls and the power of the pyramid that they chose not to have merely one over arching pyramid, but many pyramids primarily engaged in the buying and selling not of goods, but of people. The world's premier economy, the American economy, was based solely on slave trade.
The immoral behavior displayed in this new generation of Romans is not their natural state of being. They are not inherently evil, they are products of a childhood wrought with unparalleled trauma. The Romans do not realize their psychosis because they all bear the infliction and they killed those who did not.
In the face of these traumatic experiences the human spirit is resilient. Over the years since the original Roman empire the wounds have been healing ever so slowly. Inevitably the day will come when the Romans realize the misfortune brought forth by their own hands.