Yes, things have changed. Things have become worse and more corrupt in the US during my 55 years. Just look at how our food supply has deteriorated?
And yes the US is a great place to live, but its greatness is in constant decline. So no telling where it is going?
My survival mentor says to prepare for the unthinkable one must first think the unthinkable.
All this has to be done within reason.
But what is reasonable for one, is unreasonable for another...so we should remember we only have to please ourselves with our efforts.
We're doing something near to impossible, which is to predict the future. Tons of IF's, AND's and BUT's that could happen. We just don't know.
As futurists we try to anticipate future events and the direction the world is headed in and as survivalists we try to prepare for those circumstances.
Whenever you are confused, always look at the trend.
Things can go in 3 directions...get better...get worse...stay frozen.
This helps remove some of that confused or wishful thinking and can help settle the war raging on in your head.
But, this tool has to be used for the general US outlook to be effective. For instance say your a rich banker and you just got your bonus of 5,000,000 dollars which is 1,000,000 more than last year. The question does not apply to your life getting better. It applies to ALL of America.
For no matter how rich one person gets, they still have to come outside once in a while to deal with the rest of the world.
As far as drama? Sure it gives one something to occupy themselves with. But again, it also goes back to 'prepare for the unthinkable one must first think the unthinkable.'
Getting back to the food issue.
Who would ever have thought finding real, honest food would be so tough nowadays. I have to drive 125 miles to buy raw milk and grass fed beef. If I don't get lost, I can make the round trip in just under 3 hours.
As far as costs?
Raw milk $9.60 a gal. Grass fed beef for stew cheapest cut $8 a pound. Tack on the $24 gas for the car.
Now, I don't eat or drink much of it cause of the cost and distance. (mostly distance issue) But our food chain keeps decomposing like hell and it is getting harder to feed oneself these days if one is looking for basic untreated natural foods. Here is a rundown on grass fed beef for those that may not know.
The beef and poultry are force fed unnatural diets high on genetically modified corn. (proudly advertised as an 'all-vegetarian diet' on the packaging.) The all grain diet, coupled with growth hormones make the cattle outgrow grass fed cattle more than two to one.
The animals are packed like sushi into confined animal feeding operations and wade though oceans of their own manure. This close quarter confinement and loss of roaming ability also makes the cattle put on weight much faster than grass fed cattle.
The unnatural diet raises hell with their digestion and they have to be given loads of antibiotics to not die. Their digestive tracts culture drug resistant e.coli thanks to the antibiotics and it gets into / onto the meat when they are slaughtered.
As a bonus, a lot the good omega 3 fatty acids have been taken out of grain fed cattle's meat as well as cows milk, cheese, yogurt, butter etc, since they are not fed their natural diet of grass.
Pick up a half gal of organic milk that advertises omega 3. It most likely will be fortified with algae oil. What is left in grain fed meat is an imbalance of too much omega 6 fat that fuels our heart disease problems in the US and not enough omega 3.
The grain fed meat has to be radiated to kill the e.coli but the manure is still high in e.coli and gets into our other food products such as vegetables / spinach / almonds / apple juice etc. These have to be radiated / pasteurized / steam heated / chlorine bathed to try and kill the e.coli as well.
But the antibiotics still make their way into our diet through eating the grain fed meat, drinking the milk, eating the cheese, yogurt, butter. As well as our water supply from people taking the antibiotics as medicine and eating the tainted meat. As humans excrete waste it gets into the water and we drink or bath in it and absorb it up...what a mess!
Here is a good vid on the water issue...get it from your library.
Here is a source on food podcasts to keep up with what is killing us off.