A song of fire and bloodletting
Great writeup. I think overall the arrogance and assurance that we know everything most modern, scientific 'experts' have is the biggest problem.
Scientism, by another word. It seems that if we don't have an actual religion to put our absolute faith in, we will make one of whatever authorities we have at hand. Even if, like with science, the entire point of the endeavor is not to trust things on authority.