We are heading toward Isaac Asimov’s Seldon Crisis. We stand at a precipice more of us are beginning to see, and we can either walk off into the abyss and be enveloped by oblivion or we can march forward together for something better.

Unfortunately, too many of us remain embroiled in our daily game of yelling at each other like a couple of two-year-old twins wearing moist pull-ups while fighting in a sandbox. Sand in wet underwear does no one any good. It looks worse on social media.

There seems to be few adults around in society to change the underpants. We wonder why we got stuck with Donald Trump as president. Take a look in the mirror, everyone. President Donald Trump, as has been said before, is not an aberration in the system, but the embodiment of the people using the system. To build a better system we must build better people—we need far more education than Betsy DeVos supports, for one—less we end up, as George Carlin cautioned, barely smart enough to “operate the machinery.”

Life inside the White House since Trump’s ascension to his imagined throne has become a surreal cocoon where up is down, down is whatever we want it to be and if we can blame the Democrats, Obama or Hillary, life is just grand. Reality has a hard time making its way into this administration and if recent events with Puerto Rico do not highlight the concerns we should all have, I fear nothing will move the great unwashed toward the light.

But as unprofessional, uncaring and misanthropic the tweets to those suffering in Puerto Rico have been, this crisis is but one of many wildfires burning, either begun or aided by Trump. The Russian probe is another wildfire burning seemingly out of control, engulfing social media and our government in such an all-encompassing fashion it is truly frightening to confront. The entire country fell prey to manipulation, reacting more like Pavlov’s dog or a rat in a maze than human beings. God bless social media.

We keep electing people in Congress who won’t do anything about it.

As frightening as that is to contemplate, the possibility of global thermonuclear war is staring us straight in the face. Some of the members of the executive branch wonder if that would be such a bad thing—you know, turning North Korea into a sheet of glass. That possibility this week prompted 96-year-old George Schulz, who served for seven years as Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State, to step up and remind everyone of the “awesome power” of a nuclear weapon and why we should never use them. At this point, you have to wonder if the president and our nation are on a homicidal/suicidal rage that will bring down the entire world.

We are beginning to act as a society like the guy who gets angry, kills his wife and then turns the gun on himself. Maybe it’s the frustration of growing up in a society that preaches one thing and practices another. Maybe it’s the comic-book nature of the villainy in this world. Many of us like to read comic books, but don’t want to live them. It could even be that our society is plain nuts, but without real introspection and absent of any civil political discourse, we remain as divided as we’ve ever been.

That shows itself in every issue. Everything is politicized. Facing a mass shooting and homegrown urban terrorism in Las Vegas, the president refused to take on the issue of gun violence. “Look, we have a tragedy,” Trump told us from the South Lawn as he left for Puerto Rico. “What happened in many ways is a miracle.” There is nothing miraculous in the useless slaughter of human life and the pushback about it “being too early” to discuss gun legislation is maddening as the mayhem continues.

The sane person might say after the latest mass shooting that it isn’t too early, but far too late. We should’ve had the conversation and done something about gun violence long before some man stood on the 32nd floor balcony of the Mandalay Bay and sprayed country music fans with hellfire. Yet, we keep electing people in Congress who won’t do anything about it.

On Monday, from the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders agreed with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy when he said, “It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.” “I actually agree with him that Congress should get up and do something. I’m not sure that it’s specific to that, but I think Congress has had several months doing very little and we’d like to see some actual legislation come through,” Sanders said, hedging her bets while justifiably spanking Congress at the same time.

So, in order of importance, the President of the United States is dealing with the possible end of the world; the end of the republic because of Russian interference into our government and social life that reduces us to puppets for any pimple-faced wonder who can manipulate the internet; natural disasters that cost lives and billions of dollars and that leveled Puerto Rico and ravaged Houston and Florida; a continued problem of mass murder and congressional lethargy in limiting access to high-powered weapons to truly crazy people; racism; white supremacy; immigration problems; religious strife; wildfires and other assorted mayhem.

Now you can argue which problem is of the most pressing importance, but that’s a healthy load for anyone in their right mind. The question is, Can Donald Trump, Congress and this nation handle the problems we’ve engineered?

And that’s why we’re at a Seldon Crisis. Every small move going forward can portend widely different and in many cases diametrically opposed results. Many are teetering on the brink, bereft of hope and some without any reason. The man who defends crazy people having guns because we might need to take up arms against our own government is as questionably sane as the man who takes up arms against his fellow man for some perceived slight or because of conditions he couldn’t control.

Gandhi said we needed to be the light of change we wish to see in the world. Some just want it all to burn. I’m not that guy. You still need to have hope, a sense of humor and the ability to enjoy good old rock n’ roll.

Tom Petty, one of my favorite rock n’ roll musicians died of a heart attack this week. I hope it didn’t occur after looking at the news, but his passing left me with a thought: We are all "Free Fallin’” into the “Great Wide Open,” when we should be “Running Down a Dream.”

Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation continues.