Nobody is flying the plane, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
Things are frustrating, but far from hopeless. Its the indistinctness and unsurety of what is really going on in the world, how we got where we are, and where we’re going that creates a sense of frustration.
If you were born in the United States you were brought up believing that this country and nearly everything about it was superior to anything that had ever come before. Its just part of the American culture to be sure that ‘our’ way is best. Despite the improbability that the US might be best at everything, the belief persists and it is pervasive. This is one of, if not the, essential element of whats wrong here in the US. We’re so sure we’ve got everything just right. Add that to the deeply ingrained need to be the best and we become unable to see our shortcomings. When you don’t see your shortcomings you don’t see the need for improvement.
If I said to a crowded gathering that there was lots of room for improvement here in the US, most people would agree. At the same time most would defend to their death the belief that we’re the best at everything. Its just that short sightedness that keeps us from looking at neighbors and the world around us, seeing somebody doing something better than us and then adapting our system to improve it.
This country is so afraid of the specter of socialized anything that we can’t possibly consider adapting things like healthcare, education, and social services to include elements from superior systems in use around the world.
The following article isn’t a comprehensive assessment of needed improvements in the US, but it recognizes some important deficiencies and points out ideas for improvement.