I read an article the other day about America. In it, the author walked the streets of metropolitan areas, and observed the American Way. She focused a bit on Detroit, and walking down Grand Blvd. and all the once-gorgeous houses that are run-down and empty. She spoke about the auto industry, and how the workers were once among the best paid laborers in the world, but now are settling for less and less. She asked if the “American Dream” was dead.
Is it? While it is true that we are fast becoming only a military superpower, but without a strong economy, even that will fail over time. Every generation in America since the Great Depression has had a better quality of living than the previous generation. It’s an interesting thought to say that we may not be able to help our children achieve “more” than what we had.
Others say that it is just a cyclical result of the huge dynamics that are awash in our economy, and that we’re merely on a downswing. But, I think deep in our hearts, we also know that the quality of life that we’ve had for so long requires enormous resources, and that shouldn’t last.
Overall, I think it’s a might early to make any predictions, but it certainly is worth thinking about.