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What is it with the world situation that just seems to be getting worse and worse.

Answer: Fundamental evil.


From the Oxford Dictionaries web site, where “Language matters,” the word “fundamental” is defined as:

1 Forming a necessary base or core; of central importance
1.1 Affecting or relating to the essential nature of something or the crucial point about an issue
1.2 So basic as to be hard to alter, resolve, or overcome