Athensfan Posted December 28, 2011 Author Report Share Posted December 28, 2011 I just dont want you or anyone else eon here to think I in any way disagree with that view... I don't... I do believe that my beloved country is in for a very painful 15-20 years... but 40-50-60 years down the road I am optimistic that after most of the Arab states have run out of oil (and any other useful resources like water) and after China has reverted to a third world famine-stricken ecological wasteland, America will experience a renaissance of invention, spirit, and prestige. We just have to get past a slumping economy, what will be a 20 trillion dollar (plus) debt and the ensuing fall of the American economic system... after a few years of this society most likely reverting to something resembling the USA in "The Postman" and the subsequent elimination of "The 1%" through public hangings and/or deportation to Canada... America will again be the "Shining city on the hill" and ready to host the 2092 Summer Games... Sounds like you disagree pretty vehemently. We've weathered a rocky colonial beginning, civil war, a depression and a host of other ills. If our predecessors had made the kind of prognostications you did, where would we be? Because we've been so blessed for so long, the current generation is totally befuddled and overwhelmed by adversity. Ok, there are challenges. Are we going to lament our circumstances for a few decades or are we going to do our best to get moving again? The rest of the world isn't in great shape either. None of us can afford to throw up our hands and wait for another generation to pick up the pieces. Expectations have a way of becoming reality. Be wary of dragging yourself and others down with self-fulfilling prophecy. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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