National self-defeat is largely the combined effect of people plagued by an absence of wisdom, lack of self-worth, want of courage, abundance of passivity, malicious behavior, and a deficiency in self-regulation. These liabilities or failures can be traced to an insufficiency of self-knowledge. For starters, we have failed to recognize and overcome the human compulsion to repeat and recycle unresolved negative emotions lingering in our psyche.
We cannot directly get to the roots of self-sabotage by examining national phenomena. Instead, we need to explore the problem more intimately, at the microcosmic level of personal self-defeat. This is the level within our psyche from where at times each of us will resist acting on our own behalf, feel and act like a victim, hesitate to make life easier for others, react negatively out of proportion to events, and produce failure.Okay, back to work on it.