It was quite striking to me as we were on vacation that almost everyone is trying to pretend that everything is just hunky-dory. People were doing their normal things even as from the deepest recesses of their mind their subconscious is screaming at them that things are not normal, that 8.5% inflation is not OK, that violent crime being out of control in cities isn't fine, that a man who tried to shake hands with an invisible person shouldn't be near the nuke codes.
There is a pathological tinge to their desperation. If I didn't know better, based on watching people around me, it would seem like things are actually OK. I doubt many of the other people going on vacation started their packing by loading three 27 round mags with hollow-points just in case, because if shit went down while we were almost 1000 miles from home, a couple of mags in my carry gun weren't going to get us home.
The system works hard to support the illusion. People go hither and yon, get groceries, fill up their gas tank, consume the latest products and anesthetize their minds with the latest entertainment. It is a perilous balancing act for "Them" to keep advancing their agenda and getting the pieces in place while keeping a lid on normie so he doesn't understand what is happening.
Like the audience at a magic show, normies know at some level that they are being tricked. They know the magician didn't really saw his pretty assistant in half but they go with it because it is part of the show. The lie is central to the entertainment but in our society the lie is also critical to maintaining order.
This illusion is maintained on the normiecon side by providing pressure relief valves in the form of "conservative" talk radio and cheerleading partisan politics. The average normiecon Boomer or church going "Muh Greatest Ally!" conservative knows things are fucked up but they embrace the illusion by getting charged up about the latest dumb thing AOC says or some Republican winning county dog catcher in Litterbox, Oklahoma. They get fired up, some dimwit on Fox News says something snarky to own the libs and they go back to their sportsball, content with believing that we can still turn this thing around.
On the Left, it is even easier. They simply distract their voters who should be outraged that nothing they were promised ever gets done (student loan forgiveness anyone?) but they don't seem to care because they are convinced they are in an existential fight against LITERAL NAZIS. As long as there is even one Orange Man Bad supporter alive, the Leftists can be distracted.
Sure, more and more people are figuring it out but by and large the willful disconnect with reality is overwhelming.
It is understandable on some level. I know I would be far less stressed out if I could pretend that things are normal or that they will on day go back to being normal. But they aren't and they won't. Even though I can't do a damn thing to stop the crash, I can be aware of what is happening and doing what I can to ensure that me and mine survive. Along the way I warn who I can and if they listen, that's great, and if they don't? Oh well, more meatshields between me and the savages.
The problem with an illusion that is as enormous as this one is that it requires a lot of effort to maintain and not much has to go wrong to expose it. The illusion is starting to waver and while that means more people coming over to /ourside/, it also means that the savages are about to slip their leash entirely and then things are going to come undone in a hurry.
The human mind has limits as to what it will accept and we are seeing those limits at the breaking point.