Modern society has a standard to uphold. That standard is that the police will protect you. That politicians have your best interest at heart and that consumerism will save us from whatever ails us. Do you question what you read in the newspaper? Do you vote the way a talking head tells you to? I don't care which way you vote. I do however, like it when people can articulate to me the reasons why they voted the way they did.
I feel that these things tie into the sheepdog principal, because the simple truth of truth of the matter is that money does not buy happiness, most politicians don't care about your opinion, and the police are only required to take a report. So if you must question these things, can you trust the media to tell you the truth? All of it, regardless of it's apparent motives and intent? Our opinions belong to us, but they are influenced by the things we surround ourselves with, thus we don the mythical 'rose colored glasses'of society. I personally think that we need as much information as possible to form our opinions. This is not about 'right' or 'left' it is about making an informed, educated opinion of what goes on around you. Remember, if you can't rationally defend your opinion, then your thoughts lacks the value of logic.
"No matter how blessed our lives, how charmed our existence, things still inevitably, irrevocably, go wrong. Your mother is swindled out of her savings. Your estranged husband runs off with your kids. Your best friend goes on vacation in a foreign land and disappears. Eventually, bad things find us all." The Unit
Society would prefer the average citizen to believe that nothing bad ever happens.
But bad things will happen, and they may not happen to us. Make a choice: be ready to help those you care about, or just watch. Simply put, protecting yourself and your loved ones from being brainwashed into the hive mentality is just as important as protecting them from being raped, murdered , or even worse.