Ostriches don't want to know the truth, that they are being fleeced economically every day. Few of them are in the top 1%, but they support Big Ostriches' riches by buying the latters' use of fear and emotional arguments about side issues.
|Ostriches with heads in sand; Wikipedia|
Ostriches don't want to know the truth about our existence, that is, that we are the product of an evolutionary history that is remorseless and promises no end after the end.
The Ostriches don't want to look at thermometers, because somehow they don't believe what they are telling them about the living room that is being overheated.
Ostriches gather collectively together, and use a variety of strategies to prevent other sorts of birds (of a different feather, one might say) from joining the club. As a result, a minority of Ostriches control a majority of Others.
Well, this is a democracy of sorts that we live in, and Ostriches have a right to their views and their votes. If non-Ostriches let them get away with it, one can't blame the Ostriches. If one says that this all shows how a democracy is a failed system, then that means that one trusts the ability of some other way, some other minority rule system, to do a better job, and it's hard to see where the evidence for that is.
This suggests that in a democracy, we must accept that hearts rule over heads, emotions over evidence, and that even then a few can take power away from the many. It means that if we believe in democracy, we must acquiesce to the right to be an Ostrich and to implement the Ostrich policy agenda.
It's a real problem, for those who would choose not to live as Ostriches.