Things are the way they are because it is in someone's best interest that they stay this way. Who benefits from the way things are? Find those who do, and you know why things are as they are. What to do about it is "complicated," as everyone who knows says. "Complicated" means keeping things unchanged is so important to so many powerful people that there are no routes to transformation. One or two people in Congress keep things from moving. It is a standoff/stalemate without end toward better. Worse is the only available direction. That is what "It's complicated" means. There is nothing to be done but wait it out. Pressure will build. Something will happen (Someone will have a heart attack, etc.), and things will begin to move. And most of us will not like that, either. Most of us, or almost most of us, not liking things seems to have become a staple of Democracy. That is because the majority does not rule. Money rules, and most of the people have no money, thus, most of the people are going to be unhappy most of the time. Those who are happy are those making money off the way things are. It simplifies the "complication." to say "Wealthy people like it this way, and they don't care what anyone thinks about it." The Dalai Lama said, regarding the Chinese Communists' takeover of Tibet, “If, in any situation, there is no solution, there is no point in being anxious. If the forces at work have their own momentum, and what’s going on now is the product of what went before, and if this generation is not in control of all those forces, then this process will continue.” "This generation" is most of the population. "The forces at work" are those profiting from "this situation." And "this process will continue." See?
If you were starting from the start, I would ask you to contemplate/meditate/reflect on one question: "What does wanting know?" And all the questions this question begs to be asked and answered. For example, "How does wanting get to be the go-to guide determining how we live and what we do?" Etc. This is preparation for all that follows. Questions lead the way. There are no bad questions as long as you keep asking the questions that beg to be asked by your answers. KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS!!! Particularly, the questions that beg to be asked by your answers, and by other questions! As you get to the bottom of "What does wanting know?" you will begin to cast about for an alternative guide for your way through life-- and I just happen to have it all lined up for you: Your Original Nature! It turns out that you are the best guide available to you. 'Cept, but, only--you come with many voices within, and only one knows what it's talking about. How do we make that one The Real Go-To Guide? By sitting still, being quiet, and waiting for "the mud to settle and the water to clear." Return To The Silence! That's the mantra for the rest of the way. The Silence is the source of all that is. Learning to listen to The Silence, to wait in The Silence, to wait for The Silence, to wait for what arises in The Silence... Is the art and the ground of a life well-lived. That Which Knows meets us in The Silence, and goes with us the rest of the way.