Now I look back six decades and what we've achieved in that time. The modern marvels are truly awesome beyond belief, but we sold our souls for it. This we did by ignoring all of "progress's" dark sides, allowed them to fester and grow, while we pretended the Laws of Nature could be suspended for our comfort and gluttony.
Today instead of that wonderful future living, we have a society slowly but surely disintegrating back into a new round of hatred and Willful Ignorance, with a new sort of Dark Age settling in.
All the while the heat continues warming our oceans. Our thickening skies ensure that our cryosphere and biosphere will continue ever so slowly broiling away - we're creating a brave new world requiring a radically different set of survival skills. But we'll remain too busy blaming each other and grabbing what we can get away with, so there won't be any time left for constructive learning.
Back to me, thanks to a wonderful alignment of stars and the minimalist attitude of a grateful immigrant I'm relatively numb to most of today's programmed desires. Also choosing to spend my years living offsides in USA's outback paying attention to my days as they roll on by, rather than obsessing over my portfolio, has helped. It's not how much you earn, it's how much you spend.
Something had to give. . . .