This is a sweet story, but not all stories are sweet. Conspiracy theories arise from stories. Some are sweet, but more lead to devastating consequences.
Good storytellers have a power unprecedented in history, and I hope that the best of them (yes, I'm looking at you, Jennifer Dunne) will use that power to bring forth a better world; a world that prizes the scientific method while respecting private spirituality.
Another plant with great promise here is cannabis sativa. Indeed, it was the subject of a documentary in which leading researchers were interviewed, called What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?
On the non-coherent gestures of liars, there's a school of thought that those who can read micro-gestures--lasting only a fraction of a second--are better at spotting incongruencies than the rest of us.
For example, the liar who always frowns for a fraction of a second right before fibbing. Experts in this claim that it's far better than a lie detector machine.
"Here’s how to identify a pseudo-smart person: ask them what they’ve actually done in order to achieve their goals. If they start justifying their inaction, you’re dealing with a pseudo-intellectual.
What a wonderful filter!
I had a similar problem. I used to love deviled eggs.
One time, I apparently ate rancid deviled eggs. (Amazing, that deviled eggs can go bad.) Thereafter, I couldn't stand even the appearance of deviled eggs for DECADES.
Recently, I overcame this and can enjoy them again.
Perhaps your aversions to buttered movie popcorn and canned ravioli have an, umm, expiration date.
I see no reason to subject yourself to gross incivility, unless you're a wage slave and have an inconsiderate manager.
If another guest's behavior is ruining the experience for me, I'll just find an excuse to leave early. Either before or after I leave, I'll tell the host(ess) my reason for leaving. If they aren't willing to prevent that kind of situation in future, I probably would not return.
Life is too short to willingly subject yourself to abuse.
If your whole country is devolving into incivility, you might want to consider relocating. But that's a different discussion.
Wow, you navigated a minefield without any explosions. I wrote an similar comment on Quora about distinguishing cultural appreciation from cultural appropriation.
Unfortunately, Quora's search function does not deliver a link.
I think about how to create societies of sustainable, technological abundance. My book, A Celebration Society, offers one solution. It has been well received.