We are wired for connection, and particularly in times of stress, danger, or upset we long for it and seek it with intensity. This longing for connection is primal - a basic instinctual need that our psyche drives at relentlessly.
Influence, what a powerful concept. History has shown that this can have both a negative and positive implication depending on how it's used. Our nation has played a large role in always shaping how the world operates.