Do you think it's possible for an entire nation to be insane?
I got quite annoyed after the Haiti earthquake. A baby was taken from the wreckage and people said it was a miracle. It would have been a miracle had God stopped the earthquake. More wonderful was that a load of evolved monkeys got together to save the life of a child that wasn't theirs.
The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
Sooner or later we're all someone's dog.
When I was a kid, I read the science-fiction shelves, and I read the fantasy shelves.
For an author, the nice characters aren't much fun. What you want are the screwed up characters. You know, the characters that are constantly wondering if what they are doing is the right thing, characters that are not only screwed up but are self-tapping screws. They're doing it for themselves.