It's not the world I grew up in.
I think many of us feel the same way.
As for the rest of this mess, it doesn't surprise me in the least and took longer than I expected. But it is now gaining momentum and I do not believe there is any way to stop it. Only the foolish truly believe that if only we elect the right person(s) we can keep the train on the rails and get back to the country in which we were
Hope is great, preparation is greater.
I believe part of the problem is as I described to a friend years ago, the view out the window has not changed significantly. For the majority of people life is much the same as it always has been and until that changes radically
the "storm" is not real. It is like watching one of those severe weather programs on the Discovery channel. Yes, they know that tornados are real and are terrible (and fascinating) but they are localized, they happen "over there" to "those people", sad, but it will all turn out alright (it always does, right?). And to those whom it does happen to, well, help is on the way and everything will eventually get back to normal, it always has right?
Many of us have "been there done that" we have varying degrees of experience of how bad things can get, and how humans act when they do, but we are an almost insignificant minority.
The vast majority of the population haven't even been in a automobile accident, not to mention even seriously considered the ramifications of societal dissolution. Hell, most haven't even read history beyond some forgotten assignment in high school or a 1 hour TV program. Most who have
do not believe that such things could actually happen to our advanced, modern civilization. For most
Americans war has only ever
happened on the television or movie screen because it has always happened somewhere else, it could never really happen here. The Revolutionary War and Civil War might as well be Greek mythology.
Civilization is a thin veneer on humanity and always has been. We are tribal creatures, it's in our DNA a survival trait of humans and when things start to go wrong enough to sense on some primal level, we begin to fall back on those instincts without even realizing it and as things worsen those bonds and behaviors spool up proportionally.
Family then Tribe then everyone else.