What is the difference between pessimism and realism? (Note: this author is not a scientist, sociologist or financial expert, he is a novelist, but his analysis seems very spot on to me) greatly reduced in lengthHistory is taking us in a certain direction and we don't want to hear about it. We've got our hands clapped over our ears and we're shouting "Kittens and puppies! Kittens and puppies!" Here are some of the things that we're confused about: We tell ourselves we're in an economic recovery ... Fuggeddabowdit... We've entered a contraction that will seem permanent until we reach an economic re-set point that comports with what the planet can actually provide for us... lower than we would like to imagine. The housing sector will never come back to what it was ... We built too many houses in the wrong places ... We're done building suburbia, and after while, when we can no longer stand the dysfunction and inconvenience, we'll be done living in the stuff that's already there... As the suburban dynamic increasingly fails, disappointment may turn to fury. It will be the result of leaders not telling the public the truth for many many years. More higher education is not going bring back the turbo-charged consumer economy. We will not need more office gerbils... That's going in the opposite direction too... The center of economic life in America will be food production and other agricultural activities... We will need more farmers .. and more human laborers working in the fields ... We're not going to "tech" our way through the array of mega-problems we face, in particular the energy predicament. The American mind-space today is clogged with cargo-cult fantasies about electric cars, nano-manufacturing, and "information" technology that would allow the trajectory of progress to continue just as we have known and loved it. This too, like the end of suburbia, will lead to vast disappointment... ... It would be nice if we could correct the disorders in the collective conversion that we call "politics," but we are probably going to see ever greater divergence with reality. For the moment, all leadership in America has drunk too much Kool-aid, all of it lacks conviction and competence, none of it wants to enter the actual future. J. H. Kunstler's Rose Colored Glasses So what do you think? Can we climb out of the mess we are in and get back to like it was in the 60s or even the 90s, or is the free ride over for us? At what point do we need to start dragging our culture around to face the wall that we may have already run up against? Was Walt Kelly's opossum right about who the enemy is?