I told him I actually consciously cultivate the ability to stay surprised by such things. If you stop being surprised when you see the world's most powerful people always finding new and innovative ways to make the world a worse place for ordinary human beings, it means it's become normalized in your system in some way. It means that on top of all the other horrible evils they've inflicted upon our world, they've also managed to steal an important part of your humanity.
No longer being shocked by the murderousness of the empire is a counterintuitive sign that something unhealthy is happening to you, like when the body stops shivering as it sinks into the later stages of hypothermia, or when the hunger pangs go away in the later stages of starvation. It's a sign that your system is no longer forcefully rejecting conditions it ought to reject, and has instead shifted into giving up and trying to conserve energy.