Lets look past the gloom and doom for just a second and really put things in perspective. I bet if ancient Kings, emperors or Farao's would visit any random family in Suburbia today they would be in awe of the luxury we bathe in. You don't even have to go that far back to realise the level of wealth and progress we have at our disposal today is astonishing. My grandfather 70 years ago had to ride the bike 30 miles to buy butter! If they had any! This was in a country that ranked among the 5 wealthiest at that time. Conventional wisdom today dictates countries like Ireland or Spain being totally in the crapper and doomed for ever when in fact they were still ruled by dictators or near 3th world poverty just a few decades ago. How quick we are to lose perspective no... Ofcourse as material wealth rose we probably payed somewhat of a price giving up spiritual wealth (unhappyness, family ties, etc...). If it was worth it giving up those I guess depends on each individual's assesment but here as well look at it on the bright side. Should our economic slump continue it might bring about some spiritual healing as well.