Let's face it, we can't simply ignore the problems and hope they go away. That seems to have worked for a long time but in reality, it has just allowed the problems to fester and get worse. America is collapsing and if we don't do something about it soon, it just may be too late. Just because we have gone-to-the-edge before and survived doesn't mean it will happen again. Here is the myth for today that we need to unlearn:
Myth: America isn’t collapsing!!!
Life expectancy is falling, the vast majority of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, they can’t raise $1000 for an emergency, mass shootings are a regular event of daily life, people have to crowdfund basic medicine, suicides are skyrocketing. I could go on. If your bar for collapse is Mad Max meets the Strain, then, sure, America hasn’t collapsed yet…to that point.
But it has collapsed in three key ways, which are the real, genuine and true kinds — not the stuff of science fiction end times.
◉ As a rich society — most Americans don’t live in one anymore.
◉ As a democracy — it doesn’t really represent people accurately anymore.
◉ As a society — Americans have no social contract, really, that unites them, as we’ve discussed — because virtue has not culminated in the public good .
In those three ways, collapse is as real and lethal as climate change. You can disagree with me, sure — but reality doesn’t care about what I think, or you think. It laughs at we “think”, and goes on being what it is.Source: https://eand.co/eight-myths-americans-need-to-unlearn-about-america-560fa10ddba6
I wonder if Rome ever recognized that they were in decline? How about the Great British Empire, do superpowers ever know it when it happens? What was originally known as the Middle Class has evaporated from our country. Yes, there are 10% of us who are doing pretty well. We went to college or trade school and obtained skills needed in the 21st century. We are doing OK.
But there is the almost 60% of us who now stuck in low paying, soon to be automated, jobs that pay low wages. Many continue to dream that somehow they will find their golden egg and get rich but in reality that is also a myth.
They have gerrymandered and restricted the vote so much in recent years to pretty much guarantee they cling to power even if they can't manage to get the majority vote.
Maybe the worst thing is our social fabric is disintegrating. We are locked into our clans and will simply not listen to anything else. If that is not a fundamental threat to our democracy I can't imagine what is.
I pray that it isn't too late yet , but somehow something needs to happen... and soon.