It may well be that there is no educating the masses. Man has set the end in motion, and the momentum it has gained appears to be unstoppable. Jesus said, "Many are called, but few are chosen", and I firmly believe in that.
What does it take to be chosen? The answer is unbelievably simple! 1) Love God, and 2) Love thy neighbor. By following those two Commandments, there could be no more wars. There could be no more bigotry. It would put an end to all greed and strife. Another word for love is charity, they are one and the same.
When you have a sense of entitlement, you have conflict. Americans are NOT entitled to every resource the planet has to offer. We are entitled to make use of the resources that are on our soveriegn land. If we make bad judgements on their stewardship, we have only ourselves to blame.
Man has known of the theory of Peak Oil for decades, yet has been dragging his feet to develop alternative energy sources. Why? Greed of Big Oil. The world's governments are finally awakening to the hegemonic goals of the U.S. They are banding together as I type this. If we, as a people, refuse to put an end to this Bush/Neocon game plan, the world will have no other option than to put an end to it themselves.
Americans are so arrogant, they believe they are the only ones with intelligence; the only ones who have the knowledge to build planet-destroying weapons; and the only ones who can wage successful warfare. Americans are in for a very rude awakening. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that the majority of the scientists on the Manhattan Project were Europeans.
Mesopotamia has been called the cradle of civilization, and the peoples of the Middle-East, Persia, and Asia have a very large intelligent population. Intelligence should never be equated with wealth. Americans believe themselves to be superior because they have a couple of SUVs and a 3,000 sq ft house. A Benoit with a camel and a tent can be just as happy, and most probably more intelligent. As the end progresses, we'll see who fares better at survival, the soccer moms, or the nomadic camel jockeys.
You are right on in your assessment of our stagnated learning cycle. We have learned so much, we think we know it all, when in reality, we know very little. Proof of that is in Iraq right now. If we're so brilliant, why are we 5 years into a war with a country the size of the State of California? Why can't we win? They're just a bunch of dumb Arabs, right? Wrong!
Lord, have mercy on us.