I have long loved the USA. It has been the powerhouse of the world in both thinking and economics for over 150 years. Its flexibility has allowed it to rebound after any number of disasters. It has been the bastion of liberty, the free market, innovation, productivity and culture. The encapsulation of liberty and the enlightenment can be found in the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Federalist Papers.
Yet latterly I have turned to despair. Instead of self-reliant, resilient and enterprising people, we are observing the emergence of the conceited and the narcissists. A society that wishes to consume but not produce. Superficial and self obsessed. Happy to be led like sheep.
I may be wrong. I hope I am. But it seems that the USA is headed to the precipice and is ill-prepared for the years ahead. Its present course will lead inexorably to the end of US hegemony. Yet the US people seem unwilling or unable to grasp the extent of the problems which they confront. They seem unwilling to change the political structure, or to seriously address excessive government spending.
There are two exhibits that best expound these problems.
And the second by Penn and Teller about self-esteem (read narcissism).
Am I being too pessimistic?