The conflict between reality and prescribed perception
Nineveh was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity.
The area was settled as early as 6000 BC and, by 3000 BC,
had become an important religious center for the goddess Ishtar,
with later temples to the deities: Sîn, Ashur, Nergal, Shamash,
Ninurta, Ishtar, Tammuz, Nisroch and Nabiu.
When the Assyrian Empire was attacked in 616 BC by its own
former vassals, the Babylonians, Chaldeans, Medes, Persians,
Scythians and Cimmerians, Nineveh was besieged in 612 BC,.
It was razed to the ground, its people massacred and in part
deported. Three years later the Assyrian Empire ceased to exist.
The conflict between reality and prescribed perception, apparently, is not a new phenomenon. The conflict goes back in time a long way, though on a smaller scale than today's.
Way back in time somebody had written an allegory about a great challenge. The allegory is focused on merely saving a city from the consequences of its folly, not the entire world.
The story was written in early time and had apparently been judged so important, because of events at the time, that it had become one of the books of the Christian Bible. I am referring to the Book of Jonah.