Contextual excuses for inertia
Shifting of blame
Sophisticated assumptions of innocence
Avoidance of personal responsibility
Reinforcement of self-image as a victim of circumstances
Cultivation of victimhood
The complexity and magnitude of world problems can appear overwhelming and beyond the capability of any one person or collection of people to change. Unable to face the confusion of chaos or impotence, people can retreat behind fatalistic or intellectual arguments, such as: "The government should take the responsibility", or "What's the point, it's out of control anyway", or "I'm powerless to do anything".
In certain cultures it is acceptable, even expected, that the individual sublimate themselves to their life circumstances, status and society. Criticism may be condoned, but independent action is not, and often viewed as antisocial.