It must have been centuries ago, many hundreds of years ago, when King Prius of Leftus to Litmus de Lexus and yonder Alset was King of Caranoland. Prius was lazy. He didn’t believe in learning or working. He believed in pilfering and war so instead of investing in schools and healthcare and universities and housing, he kitted his people out with guns and knives and armor and sent them all over the world to conquer and pilfer and bring the loot home.
Oh, how vast his kingdom became. It stretched all around the globe with countries happily being robbed of their people and goods just so that they could support King Prius (or so he may really actually have thought in his boundless arrogance).
And the people saw that it was good.
They took and received all the treasures from the foreign lands and lived in splendor and squalor – which both sounded equally good to them – and if anyone happened to get into the way, well, too bad.
And the people continued to live in Squalor and continued to see that it was good as King Prius who lived in Splendor kept reassuring them that they had no need for education and healthcare and all that stuff because they were naturally superior, in no need of education and healthcare and all that stuff, and there were plenty of countries left to plunder so that they could live happily ever after.
And the people agreed that it was good.
And that’s how an entire nation ended up collectively kidding themselves into believing that they were a superior, healthier and brainier race than all the folks in foreign lands and so they never even noticed it when the foreign lands raced by them because they didn’t possess the knowledge to recognize it. After all, they had no need for education and healthcare and decent housing and all that stuff and they firmly believed that this was so because after all, King Prius of Leftus to Litmus de Lexus and yonder Alset had said so.
So they knew that it was right and it was good.
King Prius, of course, never told them about it when he’d had to stop plundering those foreign lands when his soldiers were getting their butts kicked and successfully continued to convince them to live in Squalor while he continued to live in Splendor.
And the people knew that it was good.
Because King Prius of Leftus to Litmus de Lexus and yonder Alset and Lamborghini had also ordered high walls to be built around the country so that nobody who wanted to come live in Squalor too could get in.