One thing that Western Christians find it hard to grasp - and typically deny - is that they are surrounded on all sides by enemies...
Together with an admixture of those who are either indifferent or too feebly-motivated to intervene when it is in any way inexpedient.
The reason I say that Christians find this hard to grasp, is twofold:
1. The insatiable appetite, on a daily or hourly basis, for outraging over over Yet Further Evidence that Christians (and indeed anyone capable of common sense and learning from personal experience) are surrounded by enemies.
People never seem to tire of seeking and experiencing this kind of outrage, without ever getting any further or drawing general conclusions about the nature of reality, the nature of the world: and the motivations of those who control our world.
Outrage and outrage, yet without realizing that Of Course such things happen All The Time! Happen quite naturally and inevitably; because the entirety of the major cultural institutions are now (and for many years have been) net corrupted; they have adopted significant value-inversion: they have taken the side of evil in the spiritual war of this mortal world...
Which is presumably why outrage-generating events are produced and publicized in such abundance.
2. The tireless search for harbingers of positive change among the mainstream leadership class of politicians, journalists, Chief Executives and the like.
There is clearly a deep-rooted expectation that the trend towards evil will - some time, soon - be turned-around by Someone from among those with power, wealth and high status.
So - the words and actions of the rich/ famous and influential are fine-tooth-combed for any slightest evidence of common sense, realism, decency, honesty - and, when any such is found, hopes of an Establishment Saviour well-up yet again, for the hundredth, the thousandth time...
The expectation of the return pendulum swing, the tidal reverse, the reaction against excess, the first signs of awakening from hypnotic sleep...
It is astonishing how difficult it is for people to recognize the obvious:
(Apart from a few family, and maybe a handful of personal friends - if we are lucky...)
We are surrounded on all sides by evil-motivated and evil-obedient enemies.