Earth, at this time, is heavily influenced by a young soul mentality that is in many ways akin to the desires and wishes of a ten-year-old. That mentality is a "me first," "he who dies with the most toys wins" value system. This is not a bad thing, but simply a developmental stage of humanity that has outlived its useful life at this time. The planet is ready to enter the fourth stage, the mature stage of development. As the third stage corresponds to the warrior, the fourth stage corresponds to the scholar.
"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy shit ... what a ride!" - Anonymous