We may have found our way into a precarious position in which we can't save ourselves from within. We may be like a cancer patient who is being told to treat and cure himself, or worse, has no other option available. We may need a physician, or team of physicians, outside of ourselves to impose a regimen of chemo therapy and whatever else in order for us to have any hope of recovery. Even if we knew what to do, we wouldn't have the intelligence or discipline to do it ourselves. We've just demonstrated that.