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America - #1 In Fear, Stress, Anger, Divorce, Obesity, Anti-Depressants, Etc. - Photo by IshupragunThe United States is a deeply unhappy place.  We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression.  It isn't just our economy that is falling apart - the very fabric of society is starting to come apart at the seams and it is because of what is happening to us on the inside.  The facts and statistics that I am going to share with you in this article are quite startling.  They are clear evidence that America is a nation that is an advanced state of decline.  We are overwhelmed by fear, stress and anxiety, and much of the time the ways that we choose to deal with those emotions lead to some very self-destructive behaviors.  Americans have experienced a standard of living far beyond the wildest dreams of most societies throughout human history, and yet we are an absolutely miserable people.  Why is this?  Why is America #1 in so many negative categories?  Why are we constantly looking for ways to escape the pain of our own lives?  Why are our families falling apart?  There is vast material wealth all around us.  So why can't we be happy?

Just look around you.  Are most of the people around you teeming with happiness and joy?  Sadly, the truth is that most Americans are terribly stressed out.  Yeah, many of them may be able to manage to come up with a smile when they greet you, but most of the time they are consumed by internal struggles that are eating away at them like cancer.

So why is this happening?  Is modern life structured in a way that is fundamentally unhealthy?

Below I have posted a short excerpt from a message that one of Charles Hugh Smith's readers named Kenneth Daigle recently sent to him.  I think that it does a good job of describing the incredible stress that many people contend with on a daily basis...

Think about how our culture is now structured for the average adult: STRESS, everywhere you look--commuting in horrible traffic, as you want to scream in frustration--money stress, to pay rent/house note, tuition, utilities, gas, insurances, vacations, cable bill, rising food costs, and on and on and on--stress from family problems, divorce, delinquency, drugs, crime, infidelity, keeping up with the Jones, etc.

People have too high an expectation of what they should have out of life, and get overly stressed over it all. How does all of this manifest itself? A prescription drug culture (Zoloft, Xanax, etc.) that tricks people into thinking a pill will knock back the stress, when these drugs, in my opinion, only make things worse.

I am hearing more and more that people just want to drop out from it all, as they are reaching a breaking point, and have decided less income and dependency on entitlements will reduce their stress, and is not so humiliating, so giving up working becomes more acceptable, to KEEP ONE’S SANITY.

I know I am correct, from the feedback I hear every day, and the financial media does not see this like I hear it every day. People don't want to admit that they are too weak to deal with stress, so the financial pundits are not aware of this critical factor because they don't talk to Joe Sixpack.

Most Americans live lives of "quiet desperation" that are punctuated by moments of great crisis.  We spend our prime years working for others (making them rich) in order to pay off debts that we have foolishly accumulated (thus making the banks even wealthier).  When most Americans reach the end of their lives, they look back and wonder what they actually accomplished.

James Altucher published an incredible article the other day entitled "Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?"  It did a great job of describing what life is like for the modern worker in America.  The following are a few of the reasons that he says people tend to hate their jobs...

-Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more.

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-We are often verbally abused on the job and we take it because we think it’s normal that people would yell at us.

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-The government gets up to 50% of your paycheck and then 10-20% of that goes to kill people on other parts of the planet, including our own children.

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-From 7am to 7pm you are either A) going to work, B) at work, or C) coming back from work. Hence, the times when you can be most creative are garbage-compacted into your cubicle.

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-When you are paranoid at a job, you are probably correct. THEY are, in fact, talking about you and backstabbing you right now.

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-You realize that all the dollars you spent on degrees to get you a job that will make you happy were completely wasted. You were scammed but you can’t let the next generation know how stupid you were so now you become part of perpetuating the scam.

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-Your spouse is tired of hearing about your job after six months. And you couldn’t care less about hers. Ten years later you wake up next to a total stranger. 40 years later you die next to one.

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-When you were a kid you liked to draw, and read, and run, and laugh, and play, and imagine a magical world. You’re never going to do any of that again.

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-Over time everyone is getting fired and being replaced by younger, cheaper, more temporary, more robotic, versions of you. You see this but are afraid to do anything about it.

And of course when we get home from work there is even more stress.  In America today, we are witnessing a breakdown of the family unlike anything we have ever seen before.  The United States leads the world in divorce and in single person households.  We are having an increasingly difficult time relating to one another, and many of us drown our sorrows in our addictions.  We are addicted to pills, to alcohol, to food, to entertainment, to sex, to gambling, to shopping and to anything else that will make us feel good and forget about our problems for a while.

The following is a collection of facts and statistics that prove that America is being absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression...

-Suicide has now actually surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of "injury death" in the United States.

-More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.

-As I mentioned in another article, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

-Nearly one out of every four women in the United States are taking antidepressants.

-The percentage of women taking antidepressants in the U.S. is higher than in any other country in the world.

-In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

-Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

-According to a recent article by David Kupelian, "one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all 'millennials' (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder."

-Tens of millions of Americans use alcohol and drugs to numb the pain that they are experiencing.  In the United States today, there are about 28 million Americans with a drinking problem and about 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.

-More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.

-There are also tens of millions of Americans that try to deal with anxiety and stress by eating.  Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.  Mexico is #2.

-Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese.  Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.

-Many people try to escape from the pain of reality by getting lost in entertainment.  Incredibly, the United States is tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television each week.

-The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

-The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

-According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

-At this point, approximately one out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.

-For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

-The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.

-In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.

-The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.

-The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

-If you can believe it, there are 20 million new STD infections in the United States every single year.

-The U.S. has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

-It is estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.

-Sadly, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.

-The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.

-Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.

-Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

-America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a very wide margin.

Fear is one of the primary things that motivates the American people, and that is a very powerful weapon that can be used against us.

As I wrote about yesterday, those that commit acts of terror want to get attention and they want to create fear.

And that is exactly what the Boston Marathon bombing accomplished.  It captured the attention of the nation for days on end, and it absolutely paralyzed the entire Boston area with fear.

When we allow ourselves to be terrorized, we actually encourage more terror attacks.  When we give terrorists what they want, it just encourages more psychos to commit acts of terror.  If you don't believe me, just check out the following links that I found posted on The Drudge Report on Monday...

*"3 Alabama hospitals evacuated after bomb threats"*

*"Connecticut Courthouse Evacuated After Bomb Threat"*

*"South Hills Village Evacuated After Bomb Threat"*

*"Rock Island neighborhood evacuated after bomb threat"*

*"Bomb threat forces evacuation of Seabreeze office building"*

The appropriate response to a terror attack is to refuse to be terrorized.  Yes, we should also work to expose and punish the individuals, organizations and governments that are behind terror.  But we should also not let terror change how we live our lives, and we should definitely not allow terror to be used as an excuse to rip our liberties and freedoms away.

Sadly, as Ron Paul has detailed, some of our politicians are already calling for "tighter security" in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing...

Sadly, I expect this week’s tragic attacks in Boston to be used to justify new restrictions on liberty. Within 48 hours of the attack in Boston, at least one Congressman was calling for increased use of surveillance cameras to expand the government’s ability to monitor our actions, while another Senator called for a federal law mandating background checks before Americans can buy “explosive powder.”

I would not be surprised if the Transportation Security Administration uses this tragedy to claim new authority to “screen” Americans before they can attend sporting or other public events. The Boston attack may also be used as another justification for creating a National ID Card tied to a federal database with “biometric” information. The only thing that will stop them is if the American people rediscover the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin that you cannot achieve security by allowing government to take their liberties.

But no matter how much liberty and freedom we give up, we will never be 100% safe.  Bad people are always going to do bad things, and unfortunately we are probably going to see some pretty nightmarish things in the years ahead as the world becomes even more unstable.

If we allow the bad guys to get us so frightened that we throw out the U.S. Constitution and abandon our liberties and our freedoms, then we are the ones who lose.

Yes, the years ahead are going to be tough.  The economic collapse is going to accelerate greatly, there will be tremendous natural disasters, there will be war in the Middle East and there will be other problems that we cannot even conceive of right now.  At the same time, the American people will continue to become even angrier and even more frustrated.  According to a recent Pew Research survey, the percentage of Americans with a favorable view of the federal government is now at an all-time low.  As the economy crumbles, there will likely be great civil unrest as people demand solutions.  Unfortunately, our problems took decades to develop and they will not be solved overnight even if we did have good people in office.

So why am I saying all of this?

And why am I constantly warning about the coming economic collapse?

Is it because I want to create fear?

No, just the opposite of that.

I am a watchman on the wall.

In ancient times, a watchman would warn the people when the enemy was approaching.

When you receive the warning, there are a few different ways that you can respond to it...

#1 You can become consumed with fear and run away from the enemy.  Unfortunately, cowards never get the victory in the end.

#2 You can dismiss the warning and pretend that the enemy is not approaching.  But then when the enemy comes you will be completely unprepared.

#3 You can do everything possible to get prepared to face the enemy that is coming with strength and courage.

And that is how I would encourage all of you to approach the coming economic collapse and the other great problems that we will soon be experiencing as a nation.

Do not be afraid.

Instead, be strong and courageous and prepare well for the storms that are coming.

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  • kathym2

    Its about time Americans wake up and take a good long look at their lives and ask why we continue to live like this.

    • Angie

      Kathy, I was asking myself the same thing today. My brother called to tell me my 42 yr. old sister inlaw suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday. Most likey reason besides any medical conditions to be determined? Brother works at John Hopkins and with the millions and millions of grants taken away his lab (along with many others) are closing. The hospital in under a hiring freeze as are all other research hospitals. She is terrified for her house, cars, credit cards and money she sends to her adult daughter with two kids. The xanax can only numb so much I guess.

  • Tim

    That article by James Altucher is very good. I HATE having to work for someone else for some of the same reasons mentioned in that article. But I can’t figure out a way to generate income by working online.

    • Alasha

      I know what you mean..

    • Jodi

      I’ve tried to generate income online too. I haven’t made any money yet.

    • cherylmeril

      You really need to look into successful network marketing companies. There are many out there and health is a huge industry.

    • Beth

      Pick antiques and collectibles and resell. I’ve had so much fun doing so, and its fun (for me) to research history about my items.

  • Angie

    Great article. I believe that many of our steadfast preppers are secretly hoping for a disaster of sorts so they can finally get off the grid and shed their soul sapping, back breaking possessions. I know that when I think of a collapse, besides the safety and health of my family…I’m excited about the thought of “going back to basics”. Of course that in it’s self will be back breaking but maybe we’ll get our souls back.

    • Ayn Rand

      I can’t help but agree. I wish nobody had to die or get hurt, but I do sometimes wish that it would collapse just so I didn’t have to sell my soul to the public education system every day.

    • Bruce

      I totally agree Angie. As long as I can muster enough food and shelter the heck with the rest. I must admit I fantasize for simpler days to come. Yes, it will be hard but less stressful if you ask me. We will become more focused on the important things in life and that will bring us back together IMO.

    • Marc

      I feel the exact same way Angie. I’m speaking as one of the ‘foolish ones’ who believed the scam and spent tens of thousands on a degree, to work in a job that barely pays the bills, and racked up way too much debt pursuing worthless stuff. I need a reset button.

    • markthetruth

      I feel sorry for whoever Sold their Souls out because they gave up on their belief in God.

      If you want your SOUL back you Better start Devoting yourself now ! There is no waiting for an excuse or something to happen.

      the end…

    • Mustard Seed

      I sure hope the grid doesn’t go down, but getting back to basics is definitely what we are all about. Started home schooling 13 years ago, and moved out to the country 7 years ago.
      The kids are out of the city and the schools and off the T.V. They
      garden, gather firewood, and take care of our animals. After chores and
      school work are done, they go have fun…Scandinavian dance, martial
      arts, music lessons, church choir, volunteering in the community, etc.
      For years, people criticized us for not socializing our kids enough.
      They had no idea what we did, but our kids were different…which is
      code for “not cool”. In fact we reached a new level of “not cool” when we moved out to the country and became “preppers”. LOL. Nope. We aren’t “cool”, but we are happy. It is like living on a different planet compared to what I read in this ECB article.

      • Ralfine

        I’m different too.
        And last year my niece and my nephew told me I’m sooo cool.

        Why?

        They can’t think of any of their friends who have an uncle who actually plays with them, let’s them help in the garden, let them operate machinery, listens to their self-composed music and daddles on the gameboy with them in the evening.

        They are always begging me to let them help me doing chores, so I have time to play with them. :-)

        Letting them help isn’t so difficult. Watching their safety is. Having to work nearby to be on the lookout, without always looking over their shoulder and making them feel watched.

        • Mustard Seed

          Uncle Ralfine… :)

          Kids are great. In the right environment, they want to help and learn. They do care.

          And I know what you mean about working nearby to keep an eye on things…LOL!

          I can’t imagine the lives of the statistic kids in this article…awful. It’s a different planet altogether for them.

          • Ralfine

            Yeah. Kids like to play with and in sand. But if you have a construction site and they start tunneling …

            And later they like tools and power tools. Climbing trees is a no-brainer, and showing off …

            But kids are fun. Girls or boys, no difference. Just keep calm.

            My neighbor is screaming and shouting at her girls the whole day. At the top of her voice. poor kids.

      • wandakate

        Mustard seed…Moving to the country was a “smart” thing to do. When the economy goes and all order breaks down and the shelves in Walmart are bare you will be glad you are there. The cities will be a total mess with law breaking on every corner. Crime will be over the top and many will die or starve. Let’s hope you have a garden that you can protect. Who cares if you’re “cool”? You’re smarter than the average folks. I hope you are praying and relying on GOD to help you out and meet your needs. It’s also “smart” to be a prepper. When the city folks have nothing to eat you can dig in to your preparations. I now live in the country as well for the first time ever. I’m about 30 minutes from the nearest Walmart and it was an adjustment since I was used to living within 10 mins. of everything you can think of. Times are going to get bad in the near future and it will be a good thing that you are out in GOD’s country, and you are prepared for whatever happens. Now thank GOD for giving
        you wisdom…

        you wisdom…

        • Mustard Seed

          We keep praying that things are going to turn around. We don’t want this country to collapse, but that is what we see coming. And yes, we are one of THOSE families that believes in GOD and prayer. Not sure that we are so wise, but we have always tried to let GOD govern our lives. We begin and end every day thanking Him for our blessings and our crosses. :)

          • wandakate

            Mustard Seed: Thx for the response. Happy to hear that you rely on GOD’s mercy and love. You have wisdom or you would not be doing what you are doing. I have been studying the trends since 1999. I agree with you that things are not getting any better. This is all part of GOD’s ultimate plan for planet earth. He has given us almost 6,000 yrs. to accept him, obey him, and take care of the earth. We don’t respond.

            I am a writer and by the grace and wisdom of GOD I just wrote 3 books and some important reports over the winter which I will attempt to get published this
            summer. They explain what is going on and what is about to happen within the next 5 years or so.
            I too am a watchman on the wall, like a modern-day Noah. My books warn the people of the “signs of the times” but unfortunately few heed the warnings. Seems like most people are sleeping. They live in a dream world and don’t see reality. I believe
            they’re scared and not prepared. Preparedness is one of the keys. Patience, and perseverance are some others. Most people think Gold and Silver will save them but its GOD, water, and food that will help us to survive. We can’t eat the Gold and Silver when we are hungry. Blessings…
            Gold a

            summ

  • K

    Very true article. Fellow posters, be careful what you post on this topic. Returning Vets are having their guns confiscated, just for admitting to bad dreams, or for saying they are depressed.

    • Tim

      If I went to Iraq or Afghanistan and witnessed the atrocities of these wars, I’m almost certain that I would come back depressed or with PTSD.

      • K

        I totally agree. However that is not how the Government is playing it.

        • Orange Jean

          K,

          I’m not so sure that’s the case; I think they assume there’s a real risk of depression and PTSD in active duty service members returning from deployments.

          In my work my entire division looks at post-deployment health issues… and a lot of that work involves looking at frequencies of PTSD, depression, and related substance abuse problems.

          Other people doing that include the Armed Forces Public Health Surveillance website has articles on these topics often as does NCCOSC. You might also search on “behavioral health” rather than “mental health” as behavioral health is considered the new buzzword. I’ve attended several conferences where they are trying to build resilience in deploying service members, to try to reduce the problem… but I don’t think they’d do that if they didn’t realize the problem is there.

    • Orange Jean

      Agreed!

      I have become very cautious about what and where I say things… and given changes in technology in the past few years I think it’s safest to always assume somebody out there might be “spying” on us.

      I avoid Google & Discus for example and lately have noticed that my email account (hotmail) has got some built in “cloud” offline storage, which creeps me out. Just had to change my operating system (because of a crash) to Windows 7 and the default is to create off-line storage (again – is that the spying “cloud”).

      It helps I think to periodically do an internet search on yourself, to see what pops up…

      • K

        I agree it is a good idea to avoid cloud situations. Offline storage usually refers, to external hard drives and such. The cloud to my knowledge, is considered online storage. If a Vet comes home and stays quiet nothing happens. Object to what happened over there, or object to what is happening here. Suddenly PTSD, gets your guns confiscated. i am sure your group has nothing to do with it. I suspect the Doctors are not aware how the records are being used. Once anything goes on a Government computer. DHS and certain other agencies have access to those files. Medical privacy does not apply to those folks.

        • Orange Jean

          I agree that often doctor’s and other clinicians may not be aware how records are being used. But while I respect your opinion …. my observation has been that getting access to that type of data is very hard. My department needs to have access and there are some things (like theater medical data) we’ve been trying to get for years before getting access or still can’t get even though we have a formally recognized “need to know” and appropriate security clearance.

          For example, the VA does not share medical data with the DOD and vice versa, which may surprise you… so I’m curious why you think DHS could get it? HIPPA, etc. Have you ever worked with them?

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I think one of the things that brought this on was lack of control over your life. I have a family member on welfare. She on food stamps, Section 8, Medicaid, Snap you name it. Her life over the last 20 plus has years has been a nightmare. Status reports get lost, she’s kicked off of something for no reason. Her food stamps are reduced. It’s always something but nobody is accountable. If she doesn’t fix the problem no food bills don’t get paid. Now she’s on eight different anti depression medication. Her kids are a mess and she’s no way out. As I have said to my late dad she has a lot to be depressed about.
    Most people have very little direst control over their life they dependent on somebody for a job that doesn’t pay enough, add to that the number of people on Social Security Disability (Which is not a lot of money). I think people where happier when they had less but more control over there lives.

  • Paul

    A friend and mentor of mine died of brain cancer. It has hit me like a ton of bricks. He was only 62 years old. I have learned a few lessons from his death though.
    1. The next day of life is not guaranteed. Thus, enjoy life rather than working ridiculous hours trying to chase dollars that will soon plumment in value.
    2. Try to make a postive impact on other people’s
    lives. My friend enriched the lives of many.
    Personally, I can do more to help other people
    out.
    3. Tell your friends and family that you care about them and appreciate what they have done for you. This will help reinforce to them that their efforts are recognized and not futile.
    4. Set up boundries between work and personal life.
    Taking work calls 24/7 eats away at times with loved ones.
    I owe my mentor a debt of gratitude. Life is too short to be stressed out all the time. Don’t let the system win. Blaze your own path throught life.

  • Rodster

    Here’s a little song I wrote

    You might want to sing it note for note

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    In every life we have some trouble

    But when you worry you make it double

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    Don’t worry, be happy now.

    (Chorus)

    Don’t worry, be happy. Don’t worry, be happy.

    Don’t worry, be happy. Don’t worry, be happy.

    Ain’t got no place to lay your head

    Somebody came and took your bed

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    The landlord say your rent is late

    He may have to litigate

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    (Chorus)

    (Look at me — I’m happy. Don’t worry, be happy.

    Here I give you my phone number. When you worry, call me,

    I make you happy. Don’t worry, be happy.)

    Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style

    Ain’t got no gal to make you smile

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    ‘Cause when you worry your face will frown

    And that will bring everybody down

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    (Chorus)

    (Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t do it.

    Be happy. Put a smile on your face.

    Don’t bring everybody down.

    Don’t worry. It will soon pass, whatever it is.

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    I’m not worried, I’m happy…)

  • Paul

    If you want to get your MBA, don’t make the mistake I did. Figure out how much student debt you anticpate having when you finish the program.
    One of the many reasons why there are millions of debt slaves in America is most MBA candidates do not do a cost-benefit analysis of whether or not it worth it obtaining the MBA.
    Wages are falling, prices of everything are rising, and jobs are not coming back now. Sadly, all the hard work required to get an MBA might not reap anticpated benefits.

  • MeMadMax

    This is one of the reasons why I am happy that I am “self-extraditeing” myself to the mountains in the middle of nowhere….. Not only is there no hope of being successful(BUTa guarantee of failure: 16.8t debt) but this place has turned into a bubbling cauldron of hate…. I rather run, than get caught up in the firestorm that is sure to come.

    • Orange Jean

      … are you actually talking about a firestorm or using that as some kind of symbol for something else?

      I hope you are considering carefully the risks of wildfires in the mountains and the need to have escape routes in the mountains should one come along. I lived in Alpine CA and loved living in the mountains for a long time, until the Cedar fire hit (2003). The town was almost wiped off the face of the earth (if you ask me, not much in the news and they rebuilt a lot since)… it scared the living daylights out of me… glad at least I had explored every single possible way to get out of town (and knew which roads dead ended!) … and was able to safely evacuate.

      just sayin”!!

  • Dyna Chrome

    After reading this article I need a bunch of xanax, washed down with whiskey! haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.azzaro1 Nicholas Azzaro

    I’m 16 and still in high school and I’m not on any drugs. I don’t drink, do drugs or watch tv or play video games or distract myself with anything else. What can I do to be as successful and happy as I want to be.

    • Rodster

      It sounds like you are well on your way judging by the maturity in your comment. Just be aware that when things get real ugly it’s going to take individuals like yourself and like minded persons in your age group to build a better tomorrow.

    • Day2Day

      My advise would be to build a relationship with the Lord.

      In these times of great stress and sorrow, God will give his people rest and peace.

      In an environment that is hectic and chaotic, God will give you strength and courage.

      I say this because, personally, when I was your age, I tried everything worldly to make me happy and to ease my pain, things that I thought were fun and cool, are infact soul destroying….

      If people put the want, desire and love that they have for houses, cars and other material and instead focused it on relationships, friends and Jesus, this would solve A LOT of our problems…

      I know from experience that true happiness, peace from within and courage, come from God.

      Because as Jesus said, everything in the world will rust, break, erode and eventually perish, but God is everlasting.

      • Funderburke

        Religion is no different than drugs, alcohol or media when it comes to living a happy life. My suggestion is to do what makes YOU happy, nobody needs religion to live a happy, moral and fulfilling life. The most important thing for us young Americans to do is forge our own path.

        • TX4Life

          Everyone feels a void in their life at some point. Everyone chooses what to fill that void with. Of the things you mentioned, a relationship with Jesus has the most benefit and has FAR, FAR fewer drawbacks. When you choose to make others happy, a benefit is you become happier. Always putting yourself first tends to have the opposite effect. Weird, but that’s how it works. Take it from someone who’s tried it all.

          • Hank Kingsley

            I prefer the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Ramen. Sauce be upon him.

          • Alex Saltzman

            That’s awesome!

        • wandakate

          You are right about the religion part. We need JESUS CHRIST, but not religion. We need a relationship with JESUS. You are mistaken to think that you need to forge your own path. Man does not know how to obtain his own success, happiness, or peace in a fallen world. GOD is a lot better than drugs, alcohol or media. Without GOD you and I would have no life. He gives us life (breath) and he is the one that takes it away as well. Without his life sustaining spirit all of us would die.
          This world is coming to an end soon and all the material things in it will be gone as they don’t last. Only eternity with JESUS will last. I do hope you will ask JESUS to come into your heart and give you what you need and are looking for. I have lived many years and I know from experience that the things of this world don’t satisfy. Only JESUS can provide for you. Blessings!

          • Paul

            Yeah, The Jesus of the Americans. The Justin Bieber of spirituality.

          • Alex Saltzman

            Then how do atheists reproduce…without god? Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and a few abstract chemicals give us breath…and the ‘code of cellular life’ is encrypted with a death time as well. This post was an exact reason that god is no different than the addictions made with drugs or alcohol. Live your life to its fullest and do what you want. Don’t let religion hold you down.

      • http://www.facebook.com/angelina.gavriel Angelina Gavriel

        Amen!

    • Ralfine

      My advice for a 16 year old?
      Engage in sports, make friends, engage in theatre if so inclined, read, study, travelling, all kinds of outdoor activities (less chilling and hanging; more like hiking, climbing, using your body) have fun.
      Fun isn’t restricted to drugs and booze. My nephew is doing judo and archery. My niece is learning to play the guitar.

      Get familiar with your local libraries? They are great windows into the past.

      Do you know what you want to do being an adult?

      I wanted to work in electronics, in the tropics, I dreamt about islands, China, Borneo, tropical rainforests. So at 30 I was a manager working in China with Japanese electronics companies, scuba diving off tropical islands during my holidays.

      At 16 is a good time to start learning foreign languages. In America that could be French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese. In Philadelphia, German wouldn’t be so wrong.

      Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Swaheli, Korean being some more exotic languages.

    • Ralfine

      Define “successful”.

      There is one thing that will stay with you for your whole life and that is REPUTATION.

      With that comes HONESTY and RELIABILITY.
      If you make a promise, keep it, no matter what. That’s the reliability part.
      If you know in advance you cannot keep that promise, no matter what, don’t make it. And don’t be pressured into making promises. That’s the honesty part.

      With both comes ENDURANCE.

      Some people say hard work. Not necessarily. I always told my engineers to work smarter, not harder. It takes a lazy man to invent a machine.

      PERSEVERANCE.
      It all comes with KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY.

      When I was 16 or so, my favourite authors and books were: Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo), Victor Hugo (The Miserables), Jack London. But I would read anything I could get my hands on. Fiction, adventure, travel literature, anthropology, boooks about aborigines all over the world, biographies of scientists, etc. etc.

      But I was reading too much. If I were young again, I’d do much more outdoor stuff. And sports, and care much less whether other kids were laughing at me.

      • Making Wise Choices

        I agree! You reputation should be solid and respectable and integrity and honesty is a must to gain that respect for yourself and from others! Perseverance is a must too in life-people always want the easy way out and give up far too easily! It is much easier to watch tv-and watch their lives unfold then LIVE your OWN life! DEFINE your own life with GOOD and moral qualities and you will be ahead of most people already!

        Very good advice Ralfine!

        • Rydia

          I don’t agree. Your reputation can be easily destroyed by lies and bullies. It’s what you know in your heart to be true that matters. Not what others think.

          • Making Wise Choices

            When you live by integrity n confident/comfortable with yourself,you are not worried what others think.BUT when you live w integrity bc over the long run people will know that is the way you are. Liars/bullies,etc will show who they really are eventually.

    • Alasha

      yay!

    • JAH666

      Do everything possible to stay out of debt. Most of the factors listed in the article above can be traced to debt-slavery. Be patient in your life and you will be able to stay out of debt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/james.dunigan James Dunigan

      Mainstream the missing links … Hemp can change the world, EFT can change the world, watch the documentary Thrive, Forks over Knives… Learn to grow your own food! Research GMO’s: they are the #1 threat to our world

    • cherylmeril

      I see you’re in the “I’m a sinless angel” phase of life. That’s really not a good place to be full of pride and ignorance of your fallen state of existence before God. You might take a very long time to realize your corrupt nature as a human being we all acquired from the beginning having separated from God. But you are corrupt and not a perfect man. God hates prideful people who believe they don’t need Him. Jesus Christ is the true Messiah and our only salvation offered from God. Repent of your sins, turn to God and you will find peace and happiness learning His Word that is eternal truth and life itself.

      • alice104

        We are not any more responsible for the actions of ancestors in the Bible than we are for what happened in Boston last week.

        If God exists, I don’t think He’d be happy by your taking the liberty to speak for Him, and to tell others who He does or doesn’t hate.

        There are many people who have turned to God who still have not found peace.

      • Tex May

        cherylmeril- you are indeed a sick puppy

      • de-wormed

        maybe he is not acting as the “sinless angel”. He is probably seeing all these hazards & thinking that everything is against him & that he might have a chance since he has a head start. Just like a Christian who “Has Christ” but still may ask a pastor about how to have a healthy marriage, how to prepare in life, money, relationships.

        Maybe you subscribe by pridefull “worm theology” like alot of self righteous people are (many of who are Calvinists are. “I am so unworthy, I am like a worm, everybody, look how unworthy i am!. Make sure you see how unworthy i am!”. A prideful version humility.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypnowheel Sean Wheeler

      Nicholas… it’s not so much about what you “don’t do,” that leads to happiness, it’s about what you actually do. Discover what makes you happy. Close relationships with people, independence and a love of what you do will bring great happiness. Create balance in your life. Relax, meditate, learn, exercise, socialize, work… all those things have a place. Finding that balance is your responsibility, and doing so is a very satisfying experience.

    • northernconservative

      So proud of you. You are a rising force in the coming generation…and you are not alone.

    • markthetruth

      Step 1
      you need to concentrate on what you like .

      science, math , building things, or troubleshooting, or a trade That will stand with time.

      Step 2

      Put your heart and soul into it , and stu

    • Making wise choices

      Good for you! You and your parents should be proud they have a son with a good head on his shoulders! I never did any of those either when the drug culture was all around me even and people even offering it to me-luckily I had a good head on my shoulders too. I still don’t drink or even like to take medications-even Motrin! I always like to have control of my own mind after I see people on drugs or alcohol and they make fools of themselves-I never wanted to look like a fool!!!

      First DEFINE what success means to you. Set up goals and plans on how you think you can achieve them. Get the best education you can by starting to do YOUR BEST now while you are in high school so you can get scholarships or attend a good university. Get a CAREER by going to a university(and try to do it without debt-either scholarships,parents,working or combination)-I know kids who paid for rooms by being resident advisers for instance. If you are not able to go to a university or start off even in a community college first to save money,then a trade school or internship for a trade-again the focus is on a career to earn money and pay the bills which is a part of life.

      Keep yourself busy through sports(which also benefits healthwise too-makes you stronger,healthier,no need for gym membership,etc and you feel better about yourself),work to help save for college, and studying hard to be the best.

      If you set your standards of excellence high,strive to achieve it,even if you may not reach it completely just striving for that, you can get as close as you can which is a good start in itself. Don’t stress out though if you can’t reach it(make sure a realistic goal in the first place and you may have a few goals on a ladder to reach each step along the way before hitting your ultimate goal!). If you do YOUR BEST(and that differs for everyone but you know when it is truly your best),that is all anyone can ask for and I think you will be off to a good start.

      Don’t even start with any debt-be frugal-enjoy your life in ways that don’t necessarily have to cost money(bike ride through park,outdoor free concerts and a picnic with a friend, beach/park volleyball game with friends,etc). Even if you make good money later on,keep that frugal mindset in spending money wisely and saving up even more. I always tell couples starting out live off one income if you can and gear your expenses and budget to whatever the one income is and then save the second income and you know you can survive then without the second income, if one should get hurt or have a child and want to stay home,etc.

      As for being happy,most people view me as a happy type of person. They also ask my “secret”-happiness is NOT something you search for or look for to find. Happiness is WITHIN-look within yourself. If you don’t know where to start,think what makes you happiest and don’t rely on shiny things like a new car,etc. What makes you happiest without spending anything first-like love of family,hanging out with friends,watching comedies,reading a book,etc and do those things. Laugh a LOT which I love to do and smile as people are more open to you when you do-and it just makes you feel good.
      Give of yourself will add to your happiness(and also look good on your college application if you volunteer for a cause,etc-double points!) plus it makes you feel good. Be your own hero and person you admire-think what GOOD qualities you admire in someone and why not be that!

      You are young and have all the time in the world and you are off to a good start as it is-keep up the good work!:) I know people who buy houses at 22 yo(in fact, next door to me) and I bought my first house at 18 yo(worked 3 jobs at one point and saved) which my house doubled in price allowing me to buy a little bigger house but still small enough not to go overboard and be prudent.

      Also you know when you are confident in yourself and know yourself and strong inside as a person,as you should be,you don’t need to impress anyone or care what others think. You know what is right for you bc you have a good head on your shoulders and still listen to other opinions(keep an open mind to learn from others) and go with your own conclusion and learn from OTHER people’s mistake which saves you heartache sometimes making your own! All comes down to making WISE choices.

      • Making Wise Choices

        Oh one more thing Nicholas! As for happiness,do NOT expect or rely on others for your happiness. I suspect many who are depressed do so and no one person or even people can make you happy. If you cannot make yourself happy then how do you expect others to make you happy. That is why I say happiness is WITHIN,if you are a happy person inside then that will be reflected on the outside.
        I don’t rely on anyone for my happiness. Although I have been married for a loooong time(my high school sweetheart in fact) and met him when I was 16 yo but if he was to ever divorce me or die or somehow not be in my life anymore which would be upsetting of course but I realize that does NOT define ME and I KNOW I would be okay bc I know myself,I value myself and I am one that strives to be the person that has characteristics that I admire in others (like a person with a heart of gold and kind,funny and loves to laugh,etc) so I know I will be fine in life and would view it as a new chapter in life and I would move on and I am also a fighter lol so in spite of everything I would do GREAT just to show him I am fine without him! LOL!

        • HecatesMoon

          You had THE one. THE best answer which I have only learned in the past year. You cannot find happiness in other people. You cannot extract what you think you need from any one else.
          Happiness MUST come from you, yourself.

    • Jagrick

      Find out what you love and put your heart and soul into it.

    • wayan

      Create a healthy framework for viewing the world. I will mention a few that can help: 1) learn a musical instrument, a martial art, some fine art like poetry, painting, etc 2) read philosophies like Rumi, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, or some eastern philosophy, etc 3) travel at to expand your points of view e.g. hike / bike / climb a mountain. 4) establish a healthy community 4) never get into debt

    • http://www.facebook.com/DiggityBiggity Brian Bradley

      #1. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

      #2. Don’t let others try and bring you down because they’re insecure about themselves and where they ended up in life.

      #3. DO NOT USE CREDIT CARDS FOR ANYTHING!!! CASH CASH CASH!!! If you want that iPad or that shiny new “widget”, save up the cash. Debt will ruin you forever.

      #4. Live within your means.

      #5. Be a “good” person, whatever that means to you. Everyone has their own morals, but the universe rewards those who put out good energy.

      GOOD LUCK!!

      • HecatesMoon

        Number two!!! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caroline-Hughes/1478496224 Caroline Hughes

      Simply be yourself Nicholas, that is all you have to do. Ignore what the stupid people do, they are the authors of their own demise.

    • Regretfully yours

      Get rid of time wasters, in that, i mean people who claim to be friends but use you. This can be hard especially if you want to feel accepted at your age. Be a nice guy, BUT BE ASSERTIVE, without being arrogant. People don’t really respect nice guys, & will try to walk over you, or at best, take you for granted because you’ll always be the nice person there for them, & they won’t reciprocate.

      We all have our faults, but if you see a pattern in people that is bad, and these people don’t change, get rid of them. These will cause you to have an arrested development, instead of helping you strive & get ahead.

      Take this from a 40 year old nice guy with regrets.

      • wandakate

        Regretfully yours…Well said and very true. Seems like the nicer I am to people the more they desert me. Give and give and they basically say, thanks, bye bye. I’m tired of being hurt and used bye people who appeared to be friends. The Bible however says to never tire of doing good. The LORD loves a cheerful giver. I do see patterns in people as you said and am learning to let them go as most likely they won’t change. Sounds like you’re like me and have been there and done that. Take care…

    • Anonymous@none.com

      I think you should pick up a copy of “Way of The Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Milman. Will you read it with an open mind and decide for yourself or will you take someone else’s knowledge on offer?

    • LP

      1. Do what makes you eager to get up in the morning, not what people say pays the best

      2. Put your value on people, not things
      3. Treat yourself and other people with respect and kindness

      • HecatesMoon

        Oh, I like number one especially! :D

    • wandakate

      Nicholas…I’m glad that you’re doing so well. No many your age can say they aren’t on any drugs, don’t drink, watch tv or play video games. You just need JESUS to make your life complete. Get involved with a Bible believing church in your area and the youth in that church will team up with you for fun things to do that are good things too. I hope you will not depend on the world to bring you happiness or success or peace. It isn’t found in the world but in a relationship with JESUS. Read these comments and you will see that several people speak of knowing GOD. This world is a mess, and kids like you have improve it. Don’t give up and keep up what you have started. Hope to hear from you on this site with the news that you met some kids your own age that were at a church. Learn about GOD as he is your only hope for anything good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Mary-Hensley/100000138201841 Kathleen Mary Hensley

      I’m so very sorry the world is in this state as you approach adulthood! I agree with others. First, Stay out of debt. Find some skill that will be support you & your family. Going to college 4 yrs may not be wise and even a waste of time. Instead find some skill – electrician, plumber, car repairman, that will always be needed. If you do go to college become something, don’t take a soft courses. Become an Engineer, that sort of thing etc. Do research now make your choices on what are your best attributes.. Computers are wonderful but I am not sure if it is possible to make that a profession because of competition from Asia. Keep your mind, heart and body busy. Learn new things throughout your life.

    • Alison Watson

      Read Matthew 19:16-22
      This is a parable, not meaning everyone should actually go sell all their belongings, but that you should heed what the Lord tells you and follow him! Also read the Proverbs for GREAT advice!

    • againstcorporaterule

      It’s not about “being happy” anymore. We are all connected. We’ve got to reconnect with our conscience and stop ignoring the pain and suffering all around us! And do whatever we can to face the problems we have head-on, and make this world better.

      That’s only truest way to genuine happiness. Chasing “being happy” just for the sake of being happy is the surest way to disappointment and stress (-Guide to the I Ching, by Carol Anthony)

    • peace angel

      I have studied the evil doings of our gov. for forty years and if you want to avoid living in the nation that is the “test case” for the New World Order then you need to leave. Our past 5 presidents have successfully overturned our Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and have built 800 concentration camps to herd the ppl into. They are doing so now. The US army has been hiring “internment” guards for a decade who are hired and serve to imprison Americans. I am leaving and you should too. It is too late to fix this due to Agenda 21, the NDAA act and much more legislation that Americans are not even aware of. There are MUCH happier places to live.

    • walter conell

      Work hard, enjoy a simple life, live like a bum, trust in God and put your money away till your 45, then take your million bucks and retire with a new home and car, all paid for in cash. Use some of the money to help others who deserve help. I learned this too late- you have time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.bolo.3 Randy Bolo

      Look, none of us have the answers to being happy..nobody knows. I’d suggest just doing something you can believe in everyday and live however you want. Don’t care what others think..they have no better clue either and they are just governed by fear if they challenge your lifestyle.

      In the end, if there is no God; you have nothing to lose anyway; because you will lose it all; so what did you have to begin with?

    • SeniorD

      Join the Military as soon as possible then use all the benefits you can to seek advanced education. In the future if you are not a veteran then you will be a second class citizen.

  • seth datta

    I was born in the UK but my parents are of East Indian origin.

    Anyone notice how freedom of speech has been taken away in the UK, and the US?

    Personal liberties eroded?
    Borders being over-run with immigrants?
    Politicians from the left and right where there seems to be no difference between the two?
    In fact, isn’t this taking place in US, UK, Canada, Ireland especially, with it taking place to a lesser extent in Aus and NZ. All the Anglo countries.

    Conspiracy? I must be imagining it all… Where’s my Adderall and Prozac…zzzzzzzzzzz

    • Ralfine

      It’s always interesting how recent immigrants are most concerned about new immigrants.

      Those new immigrants are not so much different from your parents.

      Think about it.

      Maybe ask why people want to emigrate?

  • Antonio

    When the only dream is the money…………….

  • markthetruth

    All we do is Speed up everything I mean everything.

    Speed Kills Life Period !!!

    We Don’t enjoy Life Because everything is About “seconds” Everything we do has to be Rushed.and worrying about the next second.

    the end…

  • Tom

    I have no clue why people worry so much, well I do but they shouldn’t. As Americans we are living through what is the 50 or so most abundant years in the history of mankind. Get out there and enjoy while it last…which won’t be forever. Just go to the supermarket and take in all the marvelous abundance. Don’t let the negative ones bring you down. You got work to buy stuff well sorry but that is the way it works. Got no skills? your choice get over it. When everything we have is gone your going to feel like a freak for not enjoying it more. Forget the future live NOW.

    • cherylmeril

      What you just said in spiritual terms is this: Call to hedonists, continue to seek pleasure and sin while you can for yourselves. Continue to be selfish and out for yourselves and tough luck if you don’t have a job that’s just too bad for you to get in on the sinfulness of our culture. Don’t let the Christians get you down telling you like it really is, ignore them. Just go out and get all the fleshy pleasure in life you can, continue to reject God. There is no spiritual meaning behind what is happening – Tom

  • Bruce

    True, people are stressed to the limit. Worries and concerns over thousands of things. Employment concerns and financial matters topping the list. I run across people daily who are looking for a job, have suffered reduced hours, are worried about even having a job next week, reduced pay, etc. In addition, not too long ago people gathered on someones porch and talked about things, shared a meal and got along. Now all that is gone. Replaced by the internet, cell phones etc. We don’t communicate anymore. Women are impossible to satisfy and reason with and men are aggressive and impatient. Truly the mentality of the US has changed and for the worse. Sadly this problem will only get exponentially worse as we continue to circle the drain.

  • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

    I’m from a third world country. Trust me on this guys. We don’t have it so bad here. This is absolutely ridiculously crazy what is happening to Americans.

    It is a kind of brainwashing by main stream to perpetuate the myth in first world countries that people in third world countries are suffering more than you, so shut up, take pills and get on with the mind control, ‘cos there are people in third world countries suffering more than you.

    That is absolutely not true. sure, we have our poverty, share of corruption, bad government etc, We get by to live to see our family, friends, good meals and be content with what we have. We don’t live on the edge.

    The point mentioned in the article has simply blown away a guy from even a third world country. I can categorically say at this point in time. Americans are suffering more than anyone else on this planet right now.

    • Beth

      Do you think that a big difference between US culture and that of some third world countries would be that of monochromatic time vs. polychromatic?

  • piccadillybabe

    You have to wonder with the breakdown of the American family why so many continue to marry and continue to have kids. It’s obvious that marriage and having kids is a nightmare in today’s world. Is it not irresponsible and downright negligent to keep trying to live a life that is no longer relevant and that doing so creates problems of epic proportion? It’s bad enough to see abandoned animals.

    • cherylmeril

      That was kind of an unusual viewpoint that sounds like its been influenced by propaganda. People do what they need to do and marriage has always been in human history. People don’t think too much about why they marry, it’s just a natural construct of God for people to marry. There has always been adversity at all times in human history and it hasn’t prevented people from marrying and having children.

      • piccadillybabe

        That is the problem right there, people do not think much about the consequences of their actions. Because we are human and are capable of rational thought, we are obligated to use those faculties to make informed decisions and thus make a difference in the world. We have to neuter animals.

  • Bruce

    I have pondered this a lot and can only explain by getting somewhat personal. I am 57, attractive, slim, healthy white male. No alcohol, no drug use and not a violent person. My nice, modern country home is paid for. My truck is paid for. I have ZERO debt. I can pay all of my monthly expenditures with only 800 bucks. To me I am a good catch for the right lady. However, my job sucks and my hours have been cut thus leaving only a small amount of disposable income.

    but, in reality I am much better off than most.

    I am sitting pretty good for what’s to come. I have prepped. I have many chickens, no debt, etc. The only thing lacking in my life is a good woman to share it with. My requirements are reasonable. Just be average. Average weight, height and level of attractiveness. No alcoholics, drug heads, mental patients, weirdos, materialistic or abusive and violent. It appears that unless you have the money and time to go to restaurants 3 to 4 times a week, go shopping every weekend, bars at night and on and on, your not desirable. If your laid back and enjoy a slower paced, less stressed life your square. Too many people have their priorities all screwed up. Living for today, excitement, entertainment is all that matters. Loyalty, commitment, love and a future are values that are seemingly old fashioned and therefore not desirable. Being honest is an odd trait. Being dependable and a man of your word is somehow unnatural. We as a society have lost our way. Anything to get ahead is acceptable. Lie, cheat, and steal and you are considered a go getter. Climbing the ladder of success is much more important than helping other people you might meet on the way. Our values have become skewed. Our needs and wants are all that matters. We spew evil lies out of retched mouths daily, no matter who it hurts yet somehow think it will work for our own benefit.
    Yet, I remain optimistic that this will turn around. When the economy collapses (and it will) people will lose computers, cell phones, ipads, TV and most of the modern distractions. We as people will once again be forced to communicate, work together and respect each other as we would our selves because most of us will be on the same level. As Jessie Jackson (whom I don’t care for) once said ” We might have come in on different boats but we are all in the same boat now”

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnySmith2 Johnny Smith

    Mike, why does everything you say, ring so true? It sucks.

  • Ralfine

    AMERICANS BEWARE!
    If you own a cooking pot and a pound of nails you could be charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction!

    So stoop cooking, stop DIY, get fast food, let your house rot.

  • Ralfine

    The solution is so easy:

    Get more guns.
    Get more ammo.
    Hide away.

    • JAH666

      AGREED!

  • Ralfine

    Almost 10 years ago I went by ambulance from the office to the hospital, due to sudden chest pain, nausea and dizziness.

    It still took me some more years to quit smoking.

    Aside from some pain reliever for a strained muscle, or the occasional glass of wine I am now completely drugs free.

    I walk to the city for shopping and errands, if I don’t mind smelling, I’m thinking of getting a bicycle to save some time and cover more distances.

    I like my plants. My herbs, flowers, veggies, shrubs and trees. And I hope they will attract some bees and butterflies this year again.

  • cpgone

    Were number 1 !! Were number 1 !!

    • Beth

      elaborate please?

  • cpgone

    All these posters on here going on and on about what they do, did, or have. They haven’t figured out its not about them. Tragic.

  • Ralfine

    Why do you want to keep up with the Joneses?
    Don’t want to have stress? Forget it.

    See? Life got already so much easier.

    Horrible traffic? I love traffic. It’s the only time I can listen to classical music without being disturbed.
    Yes, it takes a bit longer, therefore I start a bit earlier. And it helps. There is less traffic then.

    When I waited for the bus, I listened to podcasts and audio books.

    And speaking of podcasts – learning a language while stuck in traffic isn’t too bad either. Can talk and talk in the new language and try your pronunciation.

    There is really no need to listen to the same commercial 25 times in one hour.

    • Beth

      thanks for the shot of optimism! I always enjoy your twist on things! And have a great day…..goshdangit, it’s snowing here in Kansas!

      • Ralfine

        Well, when I listen to audiobooks, I feel disappointed when there isn’t traffic and I’m too soon in the office. :-)

        That’s a good reason to leave the office for lunch and have a walk around the neighborhood while listening further.

        I got through all Harry Potters and Artemis Fowls this way.

  • Ralfine

    Those who do not battle, live longer.

    Ever tried to cut a thick rubber mat?
    It’s not easy.

    You can hit it with a hammer, it yields and bounces back, unharmed.
    You can try to use fire. It probably melts and gets deformed but you can’t cut it.
    You can use a saw – good luck! LOL
    You can use a knife. LOL
    You can use a metal shear. The shear will make easy work with steal and other metals. But rubber? Not easy.

    We used 1″ thick rubber mats in the work shop as worktop surfaces. Best material, if you ask me.

  • WarriorClass3

    We can lament the sad state of affairs in our country, or we can look at how we got here and plan a route back. Two things happened in the Twentieth Century that changed the face of America.

    First, as a Nation, we forgot from whence we came. This was done through the forced government schooling indoctrination and the Lincoln myth of a Nation Undivided. Not only was education replaced with indoctrination, but our history was revised to the point that people identified themselves as Americans, rather than Texans, or Tennesseans, etc. The fact is that America was united only in their opposition to tyranny and a desire to get along with each other following that war for independence. There was never a desire for Empire such as the one Lincoln forged through war against the States and the people.

    By 1965, our history long forgotten but the love of freedom still intact and taught in the churches, the Federal government devised a plan to replace the American population with one not accustomed to such freedom and more malleable to their lust for ever more power. The solution was the Immigration Reform Act of 1965. This has truly changed the face of America. Almost half of the people currently living in this country are here due to that Act, and others are here due to the ever more liberal Work Visa programs and illegal immigration. Our country has become ever more degraded morally, intellectually, and economically since the immigrant invasion. This has allowed the further demise of our school system and the complete takeover of collectivist ideology in that system, and the community at large. These brainwashed Eurotrash socialists and third world bottom-feeders have no history or tradition of natural rights, and in fact have never heard of the concept, or understand that the Constitution was an attempt to codify those natural God-given rights. They do not understand what our Founders understood – that men who are drawn to centers of power are by nature the worst among us, and that laws are needed to keep them in check. They do not understand or respect the Constitution that was written as a witness against the fallen nature of man, and that it is timeless as man’s nature has not changed and will not be out-dated until that nature has become angelic.

    These two factors caused the dominos to fall into the corrupt governmental and business environment in which we find ourselves. The last several elections have proven that we will not escape by working within the system. The system is far too corrupt for that, and true Americans are now out numbered anyway. Nevertheless, we have tried the peaceful route and it failed us, just as surely as it failed our Founders. We know what the answer is, but the question is do we have the faith to carry it out. Most of us are still members of the fallen Protestant churches, where every Sunday is nothing but nostalgia of a long forgotten era – where preachers do not concern themselves with the state of the union but cut the sermon short for sporting events. This is a major problem, because if you want to win this war it is going to take Faith that is greater than that which is preached in today’s pulpits. It’s going to take a God-given Faith that comes through continued obedience to God over the course of our lives – in other words, a grown up Faith. An inner knowing and understanding that comes from years of walking with the Lord that produces strength and power in everything we do. This is what our Founders had and what we need, and you can’t get it over night or by listening to one or two Patriotic soul-stirring speeches. In other words, if we don’t first change our fallen churches and our lives we have no chance of victory – over this corrupt government or the community at large.

    Therefore, the first step has to be to leave these fallen laodicean churches in mass, knock their dirt from your boots and never look back. Stop supporting them. Do not bid them farewell. Just leave. Form your own groups. Meet in your own homes. Build up each other in Faith and organize your resistance to evil. That is where our strength will come from. And that is where our victory will be born, and our plans for reconstruction once victory is achieved. Only be careful who you allow into your assemblies. Even the “conservatives” in this country do not realize the extent to which they have fallen. Read and Obey the Word of God to the best of your understanding and you will gain even further understanding, and even more importantly life and strength to meet whatever lies ahead.

    Godspeed, my brothers.

  • Jodi

    I agree, it seems like nobody is happy these days. It’s funny you wrote this article yesterday. On the same day I have a friend who wrote this on FB.

    “Has anyone tried making a new friend lately? I’m naturally friendly and outgoing. It’s getting discouraging when simply smiling and saying hello makes some people run for cover. Am I so intimidating? What are they afraid of…me smiling them to death? Silliness. I know you’ve got to be careful these days. But, being careful doesn’t mean you can’t be courteous. Call me an optimist, but I’m pretty sure there are still one or two people out there that are good and worthwhile. For Heaven’s sake, I dare any of you to say “hello” to somebody new today. I triple dog dare you! It’s really not that hard.”

    You can’t even make friends these days. It’s almost to the point where people don’t trust others or they simply think your creepy or something. When are people going to realize that we have a problem?

    • cherylmeril

      First friend all of us should make is with Jesus Christ. Honestly, make friends with Jesus, he’s alive, living in the heavens. Live for heavenly things and for God.

      • http://twitter.com/liverational22 Dave Treleaven

        You are such a sad case.
        Believing in myth and magic…..try a little rationality for a change….and live a little.

    • Beth

      Sad isn’t it….we have lost our sense of neighborliness! I’m so blessed to live in a small town!

  • cherylmeril

    God’s in control in spite of it all, He never changes. The fact is God allows these things to happen by taking the restraints off of Satan such as when Americans turn away from Him and His Word. These things are happening due to Americans turning away from God. Evil exists for the purpose of driving us back towards God when we wander in our own ways. Jesus Christ is the only way back to God, time’s running out. Repent and turn back to Him. We’re nothing of ourselves and God hates pride. Our culture’s been corrupting us all, it’s time to return to God.

  • PATRIOT ONE

    Sad, but true Michael. I haven’t commented in a while, but I think the silent majority is about to explode with all the things happening in America today.
    What do you think will happen to all those people when they can’t get their medication? What happens to the drug company that manufactures the medication? What happend to the people employed by the drug manufacturer?
    The same thing is going to happen to everyone, every employee and every company. Its not going to matter what your addicted to, coffee, soda, food, TV, video games everyone is going to experience a shock the their system.
    Being prepared will help dramatically, but you are still going to get a shock to your system in other ways. The best advice I can give anyone is to be mobile, flexible and adaptable. What you have may be worthless, what you can produce will save your life.

  • luffymang

    I feel the best way is to prepare yourselves mentally, and physically for it. Read, learn and discover, take good advice and act upon as you see fit individually. Learn the cause of our nations faults and correct them in your self. That could be a well placed start. :)

  • MeMadMax

    I am native american indian….

  • Blue collar scholar

    Too many Americans are superficial, whinny, materialistic brats! Who believe life is based on how the world should pamper, adore and cater to these selfish overindulged adult children’s needs. These same adult-children then have babies and we are surprised about the failure of these parents to discipline their babies. The country is a reflection of our families! Fragmented, undisciplined with declining standards of morality, self control and rampant overindulgence. Be it food, alcohol, tobacco or drugs, many feel too much is just enough for our new level of fun! Hard work, discipline, corporal punishment and sexual modesty are dirty words. We are one of the most materially wealthy countries in the world. We are also approaching the most rapid spiritual decline on record of any Western nation, in modern times!

    • Jeremy

      I am 29 years old, and the America I read about in the Federalist Papers, the Founding Fathers, Manifest Destiny, the Industrial Age, Greatest Generation never came close to the America I grew up (awkward I know). It was a mere shell compared to these mental giants of the past. So, I separated, read, studied and applied myself every day of my life. I did choose to take the student loan debt (as I could not finance the education any other way), but am paying that down.

      But at no point in the development of my life did I ever feel encouraged by my peers and countrymen. America is a sick, morally bankrupt, cruel nation now. On a national level it is exactly what I remember growing up; I wish I could say that I am surprised, but I am not.

      The America in the older generations did not exist in my formative years.

      In other words, I agree with you, found an opportunity elsewhere, and am building my life. Every time I talk to my dad, he says “I am so happy you found a good job in ________, because there is nothing here.”

  • Make wise choices

    What a depressing and anxiety producing article in itself! One thing about depression is that meds cannot solve the problem alone without dealing with the actual problem that is causing the depression or anxiety. For instance,let’s say divorce is the reason one is depressed,well the meds is not going to bring back the person to you. I can see the stress around me and the loss of homes and surviving the best of their abilities even more so now since the economy has tanked.
    Maybe our expectations are too high and maybe we are just plain spoiled which no one likes to admit. Even those on welfare still have a cell phone,video game players,nice tv and food to eat-so they are still having a good life compared to the third world poor who strive just to meet basic needs of food and water. They have no time to get depressed bc they are working so hard and all they have is family which is everything to them and everyone else is in the same boat as them.
    Heck where I live the people on section 8 housing have mini mansions with pool (and a rule that each child gets to have their own room where my kids have to share) that used to cost 800k(I know bc I went to look at these houses when they went up for sale but wisely chose not to buy it and stick with my small home which will be paid off in 1-2 years and early). I have no debt at all except for the last remaining of my mortgage,married 28 years to my one and only love,live on one income but make two incomes,have helped pay for kid’s college education(2 more to go) so they don’t incur debt. Yes, and we worked hard for it with a strong work ethic.
    But things happen and out of our control sometimes. I got hurt,maybe unable to go back to the certain job which is very physical. I can be depressed,anxious and worried about the money too like everyone else. I am no pollyanna,but I say I cannot control circumstances that may occur,I can only control myself and my choices.
    Thank goodness I made wise choices by the grace of God. I choose to think positively. I choose not to be depressed but to use my mind for something better like what is the next chapter I can parlay my skills for,if all else fails,living on one income is doable since we did that most of our lives as our outgoing expenses are minimal and can be further cut like we survived without a cell phone for so many years before,we can do it again! I don’t need cable for mindless tv entertainment,etc.I don’t need anything except my family and I think if we get back to those core values,it would be better for us as a society and for our own personal lives. And yes,we don’t all have “normal” families,but family is what you make it-your definition of family and what is good for you if you have to. Even if you have to make your own famiy or if some friends are closer to you then family.
    We need someone around us and not to be so isolated which can lead to the anxiety and depression. We can start by being there for one another-a sense of family and community-instead of being selfish and only thinking of our problems,etc. And when we do for one another,we start to feel good we made someone else feel better and we connect-and if you keep doing what you can,we feel even better-maybe then you don;t need your antidepressants then bc you have friends and family to talk with,share with and do good for,etc.

  • Make wise choices

    Sorry about the paragraphs that did not break up which I did originally space out but when posted, it did not do it! So it looks like one long monologue!

  • Robert (qslv)

    Excellent summary, El Pollo. Maybe you’re ready for a blog of your own?

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Robert: Thanks! Maybe I should start a blog of my own.

  • jakartaman

    In days of old – societies were kept strong by way of the basic survival of the fittest principle.

    We do no have that survival of the fittest to weed out weakness and for too many generations we have lived with the government or others keeping them alive and fed etc. When TSHF – these weaklings will be the first to be impacted.

    How many men today could survive in a 1850′s world?
    Well guess whats coming!

  • Sandbagger

    Quote-When you were a kid you liked to draw, and read, and run, and laugh,
    and play, and imagine a magical world. You’re never going to do any of
    that again.- End Quote

    Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson wrote a song lamenting this loss:

    The Logical Song-

    When I was young it seemed

    that life was so wonderful

    a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical

    And all the birds in the trees

    well they’d be singing so happily

    joyfully, oh playfully watching me

    But then they sent me away

    to teach me how to be sensible,

    logical, oh responsible, practical

    And they showed me a world

    where I could be so dependable

    clinical, oh intellectual, cynical.

    There are times when all the world’s asleep

    The questions run too deep

    for such a simple man

    Won’t you please,

    please tell me what we’ve learned

    I know it sounds absurd

    but please tell me who I am

    Oh watch what you say

    or they’ll be calling you a radical,

    a liberal, oh fanatical, criminal

    Oh won’t you sign up your name

    we’d like to feel you’re acceptable

    respectable, presentable – & vegetable!

    But at night when all the world’s asleep

    The questions run too deep

    for such a simple man

    Won’t you please,

    please tell me what we’ve learned

    I know it sounds absurd

    but please tell me who I am

  • liberranter

    America: #1 In Fear, Stress, Anger, Divorce, Obesity, Anti-Depressants, Etc.

    You left out one very important category: STUPIDITY

  • Vicky

    There is both a video and a book about Mr. Proenneke, both of which are fascinating. We have watched the video over and over and while we don’t have his innate talent, we’ve learned to do many things inspired by his actions. We got our materials through PBS, but think Amazon now carries at least the video.

  • Jamie Morgan

    Good thing Christ loved me enough to tell me all about these things before hand and where placing trust in earthy things would leave us.Mathew 5 and 6 2 tim 6.He told us true freedom and peace only comes through him.And you can see his true followers found just that nomatter where or what perdicement they were in.Many went to there death to share this with others and still are.

  • TX4Life

    Family members complain about the increased number of hours they are now required to work and the loss of benefits after many years with the same employer. They are stressed and never have time to enjoy their “toys” or big homes. Spend time with their kids? Right… Their kids are growing up totally dysfunctional. I saw it coming and opted out of the big lifestyle for a more sustainable, happier one. My home, job, and small life are mocked even as they complain and stress. I’ll think of them as I sit on the porch this evening, rocking and having a beer as they work overtime to pay their increased property taxes and interest on their maxed out credit cards.

  • John

    All I can say is “We’re #1!” USA USA USA!

    As much as they chant and scream this crap, it’s just more true than ever. We are number 1 in the most misreable country in the world. Look at the obesity, just go and take a walk outside. Everywhere you go it’s like you’re in the minority if you are little and not severely obese. Yesterday I saw a kid riding a bike! First time I have seen that in over 3 years since living in this neighborhood that I moved to over 6 years ago.
    This place is dominated by families with kids and you never ever see them outside and playing.

    Yep we’re #1 in the most willingly stupidest country in the world, all by choice we choose to be this way. It’s depressing when you meet foreigners and they are smarter than people in this country. Typical excuse “oh they hate us because we’re free” or “they hate us cause their muslims or russians” just talk to these foreigners and it will amaze you. I was talking to a man from Japan just the other day and he told me that this country is too TV fed and the obesity could be cured by eating healthy. Oh wow why can’t anyone born in this country seem to figure that out?

    WE’RE #1!

  • Paul

    Orange Jean,
    Thanks for the inspirational reply!
    Regards,
    Paul

  • THOMAS PAINE

    ALL THAT YOU BITCH AND MOAN ABOUT HERE HAS ONE PRIMARY CAUSE: JEWS.
    THOSE WHO DO NOT NAME THE ENEMY BY NAME ARE COMPLICIT IN THEIR CRIMES.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shmeggle-Marxist/100001597489122 Shmeggle Marxist

      you are not Thomas Paine, you are a racist piece of garbage

  • Veritae

    Now, I think I need a Zoloft…

  • http://twitter.com/liverational22 Dave Treleaven

    Bulls**t

    • Tex May

      Piled high and deep!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KTGVSXMZJD4U57OZ5ALH6JZ2IQ Edward Cate

    If you want to understand what’s going on around you, you must truly understand the word “sociopath”

  • walter conell

    We’re #1, We’re #1, We’re #1, We’re #1!
    Hoo Hoo Hoo!

  • http://twitter.com/roark183 Bill Goode

    Michael, have you asked why are people taking these anti-depressants? They existed in the 1950s & 1960s, but were not prevalent until the 1980s. You noted that suicides in the military are now greater than combat deaths. Why would that be? It’s because military are now being put on psychotropic drugs & anti-depressants. If you look at the side effects listed on the bottle of these drugs, you will see suicide and violence listed as side effects. Such drugs are given to kids in schools. Since 2000 better than 50% of school children are on some psychotropic drug. With violence as a side effect, why are we wondering about school shootings? James Holmes, shooter in the Aurora theater, was proven to be on psychotropic drugs. Adam Lanza, shooter in Sandy Hook, his medical records are not being revealed, but just looking at his picture, one can see the drugged effect he has.

    The frequent school shootings & child suicides did not start until the 1980s. Since then there have been over 5000 such incidents. These drugs were not prevalent in society until the 1980s. We didn’t have these shootings & suicides in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s.

    Sure bad people have always done bad things, but not with the frequency & senselessness that they are happening now.

  • http://twitter.com/roark183 Bill Goode

    I guess my point is that the rise in antidepressants is not a result of rise in fear, stress, and anger, but rather a partial cause of it. Certainly there are other causes – government suppression, faltering economy, threat of war, etc. But these drugs are not beneficial to society and are partially the cause of the fear, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, etc.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    FOUND THIS ON ZERO HEDGE COMMENTS FROM MICHEALS’ ARTICLE!!!!!!! THOUGHT IT WAS EYE OPENING!!I’m not trying to jack this thead, but I wanted to share this with you guys. I think this is an appropriate post to do it. I just got back from a short trip to Guatemala, where we did some building.

    You know that feeling you had when you came home from a youth retreat? Remember how amazing you felt Sunday night? Remember trying to tell your friends how AWESOME the whole experience was, and how they acted like they did, but you knew they were only being polite about, …”getting it?”

    Yeah.

    I feel like I know how the boy who cried “wolf” felt, because I have described too many life’s experiences as “awesome!” How was I to know, then, that this would happen? Note to self: try not to use “awesome” quite so much.

    This time, however, might be a little different, because it is hard, no, impossible to even write this without tears welling up, my chest sort of constricting, and a myriad of images flooding my mind’s eye. And I will never be able to tell anyone about it. Because you have to be there. You have to see, hear, smell, hold, feel, taste and interact with it; you have to let IT hold YOU.

    Enough. Here’s what I saw: I saw poverty. Phoo! I don’t mean “trailer park, we only have one TV and two cars” poverty… I mean… “we don’t have refrigeration” poverty. “Our whole village has one car” poverty. “Our turkeys and their chicks live with us in our one-room home” poverty.

    I saw: 8- year old girls helping to slaughter chickens for the evening meal. Five year old boys playing with their favorite marbles in the dirt.

    Hammers with no handle nor claw being treasured as brand-new Estwings. Front-end alignments being done over a dugout pit with long piece of rope and some 20 year-old K-Mart wrenches.

    Children entertaining themselves for an entire afternoon with a bucket of bent nails.

    Children watering the village cow from the same 50 gallon drum that they drank from and used for their laundry.

    I saw the inside of a church, (they borrowed amps and speakers just for the occasion) with a poster hung on the back wall behind the pulpit. The picture on the poster was of a house with flowers in front of it… a pretty nice house, granted, but everyone reading this right now either lives in this house, or knows a minimum of 10 people who do. The meaning of this house? It is their mansion. In Heaven. Yes. The house you currently live in is these peoples idea of Heaven, their eternal rest. The culmination of all the goodness they can imagine.

    I told you you wouldn’t get it. Not to sell you short, but here’s why: These people were happy.

    I don’t mean “happy” like when you get a new car, or “ happy” because you got a raise, or “happy” because your conditions are favorable to you at the moment. I’m trying to describe a kind of “happy” most Americans will never have the privilege of seeing, much less experiencing. This is a happiness that permeates the human condition. It exists in spite of, not because of. It is a happiness that comes from knowing God, loving life for its own sake, and valuing relationship over anything material. You don’t believe me, but I was there. I saw it. I was, for six precious days, held by it.

    The twenty –five or so residents of this little community had their very lives, quite literally, shaken to the core by a 7. 2 mag earthquake in November of 2012. Two residences in this particular tiny village were virtually destroyed through this event, both of them approximately 12×24 foot homes, each occupied by a Church of God pastor and his family. Yes, family. Yes, 12×24. One of the pastors’ homes is still standing, barely. It was the less damaged of the two, and by less damaged I mean that they were able to temporarily re-erect one of the fallen exterior walls.

    Hopefully, there is a team to go back down this summer and rebuild this home. (If I suddenly go missing for another week, you’ll know where I am…) The other was a pile of adobe and rubble. That is the home that some of you sent me to go and help rebuild. “Help” in this case meant to partner with the pastor and his son, along with several other able-bodied members of the community to direct and enable the construction of his new 12×24 home. This endeavor was hugely successful, thanks to a God who loves to see His people work together, and several people whose joy is made complete by working together with God’s people!

    On our last day the community prepared a feast for the six of us. They killed a lamb. They prepared several chickens.

    This one meal cost more than a month’s wages, and never have I so sincerely thanked God for His provision. A few of us had brought some plastic toys we had bought in town as good-bye presents, and all the kids were busy all day playing with fifty –cent plastic trucks, bulldozers (there is a lot of dirt / dust there) and dolls.

    You would have thought we had given each of them a hundred-dollar bill.

    Tearful good-byes were said, eternal hugs finally ended, and we drove back to San Lorenzo for the last time.

    Long good-byes are bad. Longer good-byes are much, much worse. We had been back at the “hotel” for only about an hour when the one community car from the little village came pulling in, and two ladies and nine children piled out of a Toyota Corolla. That’s eleven people, albeit small people. It seemed that the kids were inconsolable, and wouldn’t stop crying until they were driven lack to town to say “adios” one last time. I think it was the best and the worst I have ever felt. More hugs shared. More tears shed. More pictures taken. Then one of us got the bright idea to walk all of the kids to town and, instead of changing our local currency back to dollars, just buying each of the kids a new pair of shoes with what little was left. It was, after all, Friday, and Friday is market day where all of San Lorenzo is turned into a huge outdoor shopping mall… So kids claimed adults by grabbing their hands, and for the next two hours four of us and nine of them braved the crowded streets of San Lorenzo and went shoe shopping. On the way back, we saw a soccer ball for sale. We bought that too. The village didn’t own a ball.

    The village. Didn’t. Own. A ball. Here’s the part where I preach, just a little.

    How did America get this way? Where did we go wrong? Where has our joy gone? When did our happiness become so conditional and circumstantial? When did we forget how to have a favorite marble, a favorite game, a best good friend? When did we lose sight of the magnificent simplicity and importance of … Life? When did the “stuff” and veneer of our culture overwhelm our sense of dignity and the value of simply living? It can be done. I hope we don’t have to learn the hard way.

    I have looked into the eyes of a child who has nothing, and seen… Everything

    • HecatesMoon

      Wow….

  • WarriorClass3

    You don’t read very well do you? This country was founded by well educated men that could hardly be called Eurotrash or even European. Colonists had been living here for 200 years before the Revolution – far removed from whence their ancestors came, having developed their own culture, uniquely American.

  • llihpan

    The future will be filled with some very tough times, yes. We have a few options: We can prepare for these instances–by putting together a long-term food-pantry (or do Aquaponics or whatever), buying gold, silver, etc — out of fear. OR: We can prepare, doing the same things mentioned above, planning for the future, but NOT out of fear. You may have a stockpile, guns, simple-living smarts, and a bunch of gold, but if you nurture a sense of fear in yourself, when stuff does hit the fan, your fear will get you first. Being fearful works in sudden live-or-die situations, theres a reason for that. But if you nurture within yourself a fear and paranoia of the coming collapse, you are seriously incapacitating your ability to survive regardless of how well you prepared for it. Now is the time not only to prepare physically but also mentally. Do not let current political trends — as disturbing as they may be — cause an incapacitating fear in you. More valuable than guns, gold, and a duffel bag full of MREs, you possess an asset that no man can take away — It is the power to think your own thoughts and be yourself. Be fearless, and nurture within yourself absolute faith that you WILL make it through the coming tough times, and you’re sure to win!

  • Sufi

    Folks , I am regular reader of ‘TEC’ and this article made me especially sad.

    I am an Iranian living in Iran and I have a lot of relatives and friends in the US , thus I am closely following the situation in the US . I really hope that things get back on track , as it is most heart-breaking when I read the comments over here.

    IMO , the current ‘horrible’ economic situation in the US was pre-planned . By whom ? By those who are controlling the world since over 2 centuries , by those who have hijacked the USG , by those you control the pharma , the food and the media.

    By those who control the MIC , by those you want to turn the US into a giant FEMA camp , by those who constantly lie to people and feel good when they are lying , by those who turned a once mighty nation with pride into a debt-slaved country with over 16 trillion $ of official debt.

    I could go on forever and I guess most of you know who I mean or waht I mean.

    All the Best to the brave people in the US , believe in the Allmighty power of God and avoid debt , interest and usury at any cost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.wahlgren.7 Jacob Wahlgren

    Organize people – organize with the like minded. Have a plan, prepare for that plan – don’t waste your time or money.

  • Broome

    The fact that this guy never mentions energy depletion as the root cause of everything makes me question his sincerity.

  • Taxi Da Nang

    I think US government should change management, the gap between rich and poor is so big

  • C

    In Fear – The media and ptb want this.

    Stress – the new normal?

    Anger – never having enough

    Divorce – don’t get married in the first place..

    Obesity – today’s processed food is crap. Anti-Depressants – don’t really do much for many, see above.. Now, I see commercials talking about mixing these pills, markups on many pharma pills are 500-1000%

    Excercise and proper lifestyle would take out stress, anger, obesity, and depressant, mostly America is just plain lazy.

    had, or the good times of the 80′s and 90′s, I was a poor kid back then anyways. Now, I always want

  • againstcorporaterule

    Speaking of Ron Paul, did you see him diss the 9/11 truth movement during a live debate? His exact words were- “can we move on to more important things.”

    First off, when you have architects and engineers from all over the world saying the 3 buildings that fell on 9/11/2001 were controlled demolitions, then that’s what they were whether we like it or not. (Because science is not a conspiracy theory, right?)

    So, for the life of me I cannot think of anything more important than exposing the government’s lie about 9/11… In short, Ron Paul apologists are no different than Obama apologists.

  • Lee

    Like a couple of others said here, Nicholas, do not get into debt. Look after your body, mind and soul. Above all (but it looks like you’re already on the right track), don’t follow the crowd off the edge of the cliff.

  • peace angel

    The first step to fixing anything is to get all the facts. The facts show that Blackwater and the Craft and our government were responsible for the Boston bombings and the facts and pictures and videos and proof of that are everywhere. Until or unless Americans connect the dots, facts will go unnoticed. The mom of the Russian boys has emails proving her sons were operatives for the CIA long before the marathon and that they were hired by our gov. to bomb Boston and to take the fall. Same is true of all the school shootings, Katrina, 9/11 and more. The proof exists but we refuse to see the truth and soon it will be gone.

  • peace angel

    The American Psychiatric Association has estimated that 50% of all Americans suffer from clinical depression. I know about that first hand as I have had it for two decades. All the school shooters and mass murderers in the US also suffered from clinical depression and were on or in withdrawal from anti-depressants and this can be seen case by case on the Front Sight website. For decades the gov. has poisoned our soil and water with DDT, agent orange, lead, asbestos, nuclear power plant leakings, PVC and the factory farms are getting anything that all those chemicals may have missed by spreading ammonia,poisonous antibiotics, arsenic, more pesticides and human and animal feces from coast-to-coast. The attorney general of Oklahoma has been suing the USDA for a decade to stop this practice.

  • Maja

    We may be strong for ourselves, but courage is strongly connected to one’s heart for something greater than oneself. The greatest purpose is to seek and find what is unchangeably good – beyond pleasure, success and personal well-being.

    For that, we need to seek and find the eternal God who is truly good and speaks the truth. If we seek Him just so our lives are happy, we still have no purpose great enough to stir our courage for doing what is right and good!

    For lasting hope, we need to have peace with God. Jesus is the Father’s gift to all who will acknowledge their need for His forgiveness and for a life really worth all He asks of us. When God’s love is working through us, we overcome fear and the tendency to use others in wrong ways. Peace is sown courageously by those who have peace with God.

    Shalom, Maja Hill

    • Michael

      Beautiful message Maja. Amen amen omer ani lachem. See book The Real Kosher Jesus by Dr. Michael Brown.

  • Franklin Munroe

    I was on paxil for ten years, smoked cigerettes, drank….whatever vice felt good and numbed the pain. Miraculously, i was able to overcome all of that and have instead comitted myself to working out and jogging, eating well and living clean. I am 41 years old and have never been healthier, or felt so strong. Yet, my insomnia persists and i still can’t sleep at night…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abinico-Warez/100002657822528 Abinico Warez

    The US is the center of global evil. To be precise, Bohemian Grove in California.

  • Jannie

    Half the population today is doing just great while receiving a monthly government check and not working at all. Life is a big party for us.

  • SeniorD

    We are witnessing the “Mexicanation” of America, as ever more Americans get driven out of the Middle Class by the redistribution of wealth which is enabling the Ultra Wealthy to solidify their control over US.

    +
    Remember that George Soros, recently sold massive amounts of his stock and took that money plus added lots of his own cash and bought Gold, and that was before it took a plunge. To me this means that he has his sights set on PM’s not only going up but Going Way UP over what it is selling for now. I expect to see a massive PM reversal, one that only the very well connected and/or Ultra Wealthy can get in on, since it will send the prices upward really fast! When this happens, everyone will try to gather as much as they can, as fast as they can, as the prices of PM’s “takeoff” with a spike that will make those that trade by charting scratch their heads and get their erasers out…

    Like the shrunken head said, in one of the Harry Potter Movies, “It’s going to be a bumpy ride”.

    Consider these two questions:

    1. if you knew that PM’s were gong to zoom upward while at the same time, the US$ was going to take a big plunge; what percentage of your holding would you want in both, plus how does that mix differ from what you have today?

    2. Where has all the PM’s that were “sold” gone? Who is holding onto it? Because the supply is now very limited. Call a few Dealers and see how much they have on hand to sell and they will tell you that it is at best, is a multi week waiting period before you can take delivery.

  • http://www.nevadadivorce.org/ Nevada divorce

    Wow, America’s screwed up in so many different ways. It’s really quite impressive how much they screw themselves over.

  • Grey Winters

    This story of the fisherman is idyllic, a time distant to big government and the feminist movement. I grew up in the fifties, men worked 8hr days made just enough money to enjoy life in a northern climate. The man made enough to own a home support 4.5 children and keep the little woman happy. A term that today is considered politically incorrect. The wife had a warm house without having to stoke the fire, she had modern conveniences that made her chores easier, she no longer had to pluck chickens or tend a garden or spend hour after hour putting up canned goods and making preserves or pickling and brining unless she wanted to. Children were easily kept clean and nurtured, healthy and happy frolicking in the sun or playing in the snow. These are my memories of a distant time and to me they too are idyllic.

    Then came the sixties. End of story.

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