The world of course cannot be explained, but I think Burroughs came dangerously close when he divided the world into Johnsons (who mind their own business) and Shits (who do just the opposite):

‘The Johnson Family’ was a turn-of-the-century expression to designate good bums and thieves.  It was elaborated into a code of conduct.  A Johnson honors his obligations.  His word is good and he is a good man to do business with.  A Johnson minds his own business.  He is not a snoopy, self-righteous, trouble-making person.  A Johnson will give help when help is needed.  He will not stand by while someone is drowning or trapped under a burning car.(1)

In his essay “The Johnson Family,” Burroughs elaborates on the Johnsons’ philosophical placement within his mythic system—explicitly linked them to Manichaeistic dualism:

The Johnson family formulates a Manachean position where good and evil are in conflict and the outcome is at this point uncertain.  It is not an eternal conflict since one or the other must win a final victory.(2)

Unlike the Johnsons, Shits are obsessed with minding other’s business.  They are the town busy body, the preacher, the lawman.  Shits are incapable of taking the honorable road of each-to-his-own.  Burroughs describes the situation in his essay “My Own Business” thus:

This world would be a pretty easy and pleasant place to live in if everybody could just mind his own business and let others do the same.  But a wise old black faggot said to me years ago: ‘Some people are shits, darling.” I was never able to forget it.(3)

In Burroughs’ mythology, the world is one of conflict between the Johnsons and the Shits.  A Shit is one who is obsessively sure of his own position at the cost of all other vantages.  Burroughs describes Shits as incapable of minding “their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any  more than a small pox virus has.”(4)  This is more than a offhanded analogy.  For Burroughs, Shits are, in actuality, virus occupied hosts—chronically infected by what he terms the Right virus.  “The mark of a basic Shit,” Burroughs reminds us, “is that he has to be right.”(5)

Problem is, the people Burroughs called “the Shits” end up running everything. Having to be right means having to lead, and leading leads to a lot of wrong. More evil has been done in the name of goodness than in the name of evil.

Far from solving the problem, acknowledging it is an exercise in futility.